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2013 NAEP: New Jersey Solidifies Top State Ranking

November 8, 2013

The 2013 results for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) have been released, and New Jersey once again stands as a top performer among participating states. Here’s how New Jersey’s performance stacks up against other states on the test known as the “Nation’s Report Card.”

Overall, NJ students rank high compared with students in other states:

  • 4th Grade Math: only 3 states have higher scores than NJ
  • 4th Grade Reading: no states score higher than NJ
  • 8th Grade Math: only 1 state scores higher than NJ
  • 8th Grade Reading: no states score higher than NJ

NJ’s low-income students also perform well when compared with low-income students in other states:

  • 4th Grade Math: only 9 states have higher scores than NJ
  • 4th Grade Reading: only 1 state scores higher than NJ
  • 8th Grade Math: no states score higher than NJ
  • 8th Grade Reading: no states score higher than NJ

Comparing NJ’s 2011 and 2013 NAEP results, 4th and 8th grade scores were unchanged in both math and reading for all students and most race and income subgroups, except for:

  • a significant 9 point gain for Hispanic 8th graders in math;
  • a significant 6 point gain for low-income 8th graders in reading.

These results again demonstrate that NJ’s public education system is among the highest performing in the nation.

“I hope these results will end the false narrative of public school failure too often heard from politicians who should know better,” said David Sciarra, Education Law Center Executive Director. “The results also show that we still have a lot of work to do, particularly with our most at-risk students. Let’s use these results to redouble our commitment to New Jersey’s recipe for success: provide fair school funding for all districts, expand preschool across the state, and support local educators and parents in the hard work of school improvement, especially in our highest poverty communities.”

 

Press Contact:

Sharon Krengel
Policy and Outreach Director
skrengel@edlawcenter.org
973-624-1815, x 24