Mapping State Proficiency Standards onto NAEP Scales: Results From the 2013 NAEP Reading and Mathematics Assessments
From the report summary: “This report, the fifth in the series, maps state proficiency standards onto the NAEP scales by using state public school data for the 2012-13 school year and the 2013 NAEP assessments in reading and mathematics for grades 4 and 8. The report also includes analyses of the results using the 2011 NAEP and state assessment data and revised estimates for 2009 reported in NCES 2011-458. The key finding is that the variation among state achievement standards continues to be wide.” See the NAEP Mapping State Proficiency Standards page for more information.
It is interesting to see how state standards compare. With a few exceptions, state proficiency standards are lower than NAEP’s, particularly in fourth-grade reading. It is important to note that these results are based on 2013 state assessment data, prior to most states’ transitions to new state tests of college and career ready standards. Further, Kentucky and New York, which were early adopters of new state assessments, showed higher standards.