Percent Proficient on the State Assessment in Reading, Grade 4 - All Students: 2010-11 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. [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: http://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/account/stateplans03/index.html
|District of Columbia||44%|
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NE: Nebraska implemented new state-wide reading assessments in 2009-10.
NJ: As part of its emphasis on raising academic standards, in Spring 2009 NJDOE administered a new Assessment for Grade 4. The results are not comparable to previous years. Please refer to the NJ Accountability Workbook for Assessment schedule.
NC: Retest scores (first retest only) for students who scored below the Achievement Level III standard on reading and mathematics assessments in grades 3 through 8 were used in calculations of AYP and the ABCs performance composites. Students in grades 3-8 who scored Achievement Level II on the first administration of the reading or mathematics assessments and/or their alternate assessments were required to take a retest. (Students who scored Level I could 'opt in' to take the retest at their parents' request.) The higher of the original score or the first retest score was used in the calculation of the ABCs performance composites and AYP.
OK: Oklahoma raised the achievement standards for reading and mathematics in grades 3-8 in 2008-2009, which decreased the number of students attaining proficiency.
SD: South Dakota implemented new reading standards and assessments in 2008-09. There were fewer students proficient or advanced in reading in 2009 than in previous years of the prior test. South Dakota has limited diversity within the state and small student groups may show greater fluctuations in student performance because of the low student numbers. Actual populations can change dramatically from one year to the next.
TN: Tennessee implemented new curriculum and assessment standards in 2009-10.
WY: Wyoming had a technical failure with their assessment system that prevented them from reporting 2009-10 assessment data. They received a reporting waiver for SY 2009-10.