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Percent Proficient on the State Assessment in Reading, Grade 4 - All Students: 2008-09 1

The percentage of all students in fourth grade who scored proficient or above on the state assessment in reading. Due to the variation between states in content, standards, and assessments, it is not possible to compare state assessment data across states and years. [More about...]

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State assessments, which are used to measure student achievement in reading, math, and science, are designed by each state to measure the content the state has determined appropriate for that grade and subject. As a result, both the content on the tests and achievement standards students must meet to be considered “proficient” vary widely across states, so proficiency rates should not be compared across states. Many states have also changed their standards and assessments at some point in the process of measuring their students, so it is often not possible to create a trend line that looks at changes in achievement across years, since a change could actually reflect a change in the assessment.

Through the 2009-10 school year, states were allowed to calculate student graduation rates differently, as long as the figure represents students who graduated in the standard number of years (i.e., four). Starting in the 2010-11, states converted to an adjusted cohort graduation rate, which may or may not be the same as the calculation they used in prior years. Due to the potential differences, caution should be used when comparing graduation rates across states.

For detailed information about state assessments and graduation rates, please see the state Accountability Workbooks, which can be found at: State Accountability Workbooks:

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Alabama  86.4%
AL 86.4%
Alaska  77.9%
AK 77.9%
Arizona  72%
AZ 72%
Arkansas  70.4%
AR 70.4%
California  60.1%
CA 60.1%
Colorado  86.9%
CO 86.9%
Connecticut  70.1%
CT 70.1%
Delaware  77.2%
DE 77.2%
District of Columbia  45.5%
DC 45.5%
Florida  74.2%
FL 74.2%
Georgia  87.2%
GA 87.2%
Hawaii  61.8%
HI 61.8%
Idaho  86.3%
ID 86.3%
Illinois  73.6%
IL 73.6%
Indiana  73.8%
IN 73.8%
Iowa  80.3%
IA 80.3%
Kansas  87.7%
KS 87.7%
Kentucky  74.2%
KY 74.2%
Louisiana  70.5%
LA 70.5%
Maine  70.8%
ME 70.8%
Maryland  86.7%
MD 86.7%
Massachusetts  53.6%
MA 53.6%
Michigan  76.7%
MI 76.7%
Minnesota  74.5%
MN 74.5%
Mississippi  52.2%
MS 52.2%
Missouri  47%
MO 47%
Montana  81%
MT 81%
Nebraska  94.9%
NE 94.9%
Nevada  62.2%
NV 62.2%
New Hampshire  74.1%
NH 74.1%
New Jersey  63%
NJ 63%
New Mexico  52.1%
NM 52.1%
New York  76.7%
NY 76.7%
North Carolina  69.1%
NC 69.1%
North Dakota  80%
ND 80%
Ohio  82%
OH 82%
Oklahoma  62.2%
OK 62.2%
Oregon  84.1%
OR 84.1%
Pennsylvania  71.9%
PA 71.9%
Puerto Rico  37.3%
PR 37.3%
Rhode Island  68%
RI 68%
South Carolina  84.3%
SC 84.3%
South Dakota  77.1%
SD 77.1%
Tennessee  90.3%
TN 90.3%
Texas  83.8%
TX 83.8%
Utah  78.3%
UT 78.3%
Vermont  69.7%
VT 69.7%
Virginia  88.7%
VA 88.7%
Washington  72.6%
WA 72.6%
West Virginia  63.6%
WV 63.6%
Wisconsin  82%
WI 82%
Wyoming  71.1%
WY 71.1%

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1 Description: The state-reported percentage of fourth grade students, by subgroup, who scored proficient or above on the state assessment in reading. Each state is required to administer annual tests in grades 3-8 and once in high school in reading/language arts and mathematics, which are used to determine whether each school and district is making adequate yearly progress (AYP). The tests are designed by each state to measure the content the state has determined appropriate for that grade and subject. Both the content and achievement standards vary widely across states, so proficiency rates cannot be compared across states and years. Cells with a dash (-) indicate that the data are not available. The symbol "n <" indicates that the data have been suppressed due to a small count. The symbols "> 97%" and "< 3%" indicate that the value is higher than 97 percent or less than 3 percent, respectively. A “†” symbol means not applicable. ; Academic Year: 2008-09; Grade: 4; Source: EDFacts/Consolidated State Performance Report 2008-09:; Data Uploaded On: 09/19/2011