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North Carolina ranks 18th in standardized math test


By Chris Lang | Feb 18, 2020

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North Carolina fourth-graders rank 18th when it comes to math, according to a 2019 national standardized assessment report. | Photo courtesy of Pixabay

The National Assessment of Educational Progress recently reported that North Carolina fourth-graders ranked 18th when it comes to math education.

The rankings are based on results from a nationwide standardized math test.

The fourth-grade students scored 241 on the test in 2019, which was a point higher than the U.S. average.

The 2019 score is slightly above the last assessment in 2017, which was 240. According to the assessment report, 82 percent of students scored at or above the basic level, while 8 percent were considered advanced. Approximately 41 percent of students were at or above proficient.

The state’s ranking tied with South Dakota, Ohio, Montana, Maine, Mississippi and Iowa. The top-ranked states were Minnesota, Massachusetts, Virginia, Florida, New Jersey and Wyoming. The rankings also included the District of Columbia, which ranked 44th.

The lowest rankings were from Arkansas, Alaska, West Virginia, Louisiana, New Mexico and Alabama.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress report is done with support from the Department of Education to improve students’ academic achievements. According to the report, 296,900 students nationwide took the 2019 mathematics assessment.

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