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Percent Proficient on the State Assessment in Reading, Grade 8 - All Students: 2010-11 1

The percentage of all students in eighth 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:

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Alabama  77%
AL 77%
Alaska  83%
AK 83%
Arizona  71%
AZ 71%
Arkansas  77%
AR 77%
California  56%
CA 56%
Colorado  90%
CO 90%
Connecticut  82%
CT 82%
Delaware  61%
DE 61%
District of Columbia  50%
DC 50%
Florida  56%
FL 56%
Georgia  95%
GA 95%
Hawaii  67%
HI 67%
Idaho  92%
ID 92%
Illinois  85%
IL 85%
Indiana  72%
IN 72%
Iowa  74%
IA 74%
Kansas  88%
KS 88%
Kentucky  71%
KY 71%
Louisiana  66%
LA 66%
Maine  73%
ME 73%
Maryland  83%
MD 83%
Massachusetts  79%
MA 79%
Michigan  82%
MI 82%
Minnesota  68%
MN 68%
Mississippi  50%
MS 50%
Missouri  53%
MO 53%
Montana  85%
MT 85%
NebraskaA  72%
NE 72%
Nevada  45%
NV 45%
New Hampshire  78%
NH 78%
New Jersey  82%
NJ 82%
New Mexico  53%
NM 53%
New York  47%
NY 47%
North CarolinaB  70%
NC 70%
North Dakota  76%
ND 76%
Ohio  86%
OH 86%
OklahomaC  74%
OK 74%
Oregon  72%
OR 72%
Pennsylvania  80%
PA 80%
Puerto Rico  45%
PR 45%
Rhode Island  74%
RI 74%
South Carolina  68%
SC 68%
South DakotaD  75%
SD 75%
TennesseeE  48%
TN 48%
Texas  93%
TX 93%
Utah  90%
UT 90%
Vermont  76%
VT 76%
Virginia  90%
VA 90%
Washington  69%
WA 69%
West Virginia  49%
WV 49%
Wisconsin  87%
WI 87%
WyomingF  77%
WY 77%

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1 Description: The state-reported percentage of eighth 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 between states. 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.; Academic Year: 2010-11; Grade: 8; Source: EDFacts/Consolidated State Performance Report:; Data Uploaded On: 10/09/2012 

NE: Nebraska implemented new state-wide reading assessments in 2009-10.
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.