Arizona’s 10-Year NAEP Trend Remains Strong

Published: April 10th, 2018

The National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) has released fourth and eighth grade math and reading results from the 2017 administration of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), which is designed to inform the public about academic achievement of American elementary and secondary students. As Arizona continues to tackle numerous important educational challenges, the Arizona 10-year (2007-17) trend NAEP scores remain strong, while the two-year (2015-17) comparative results are mixed.

“I am pleased to see the continuing upward trend in the test scores of Arizona students,” Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas said. “But we also see the negative impact that occurs when we experiment with our children’s education as we did with the Common Core standards. I am excited to see how the adoption of our new Arizona standards will benefit our students’ scores going forward.”

2017 NAEP 2-year Scale Scores
2017 NAEP 10-Year Trend Scores

The Arizona average scale scores for 2017 NAEP are +8 in Grade 8 Reading, +6 in Grade 8 Math, +5 in Grade 4 Reading, and +2 in Grade 4 Math when compared to Arizona average scale scores for 2007.

2017 Arizona Grade 8 Reading

  • Arizona students maintained the same average scale score in 2017 that they received in 2015 (263).
  • Arizona students with a disability (SD) had an average scale score of 233; this was +7 scale-point improvement from that of Arizona SD students in 2015 (226).
  • Arizona African-American students had an average scale score of 254; this was a +5 scale-point improvement from that of Arizona African-American students in 2015 (249).
  • Arizona American Indian/Alaskan Native students had an average scale score of 254; this was a +10 scale-point improvement from that of Arizona American Indian/Alaskan Native students in 2015 (244).

2017 Arizona Grade 8 Math

  • Arizona students had an average scale score that equaled the national average scale score (282).
  • Arizona Asian students had an average scale score of 316; this was a +11 scale-point improvement from that of Arizona Asian students in 2015 (305).
  • Arizona African-American students had an average scale score of 272; this was a +3 scale-point improvement from that of Arizona African-American students in 2015 (269).
  • Arizona American Indian/Alaskan Native students had an average scale score of 263; this was a +3 scale-point improvement from that of Arizona American Indian/Alaskan Native students in 2015 (260).

2017 Arizona Grade 4 Reading

  • Arizona students maintained the same average scale score in 2017 that they received in 2015 (263).
  • Arizona SD students had an average scale score of 183; this was +6 scale-point improvement from that of Arizona SD students in 2015 (177).
  • Arizona English Learner (EL) students had an average scale score of 171; this was a +6 scale-point improvement from that of Arizona EL students in 2015 (165).
  • Arizona white students had an average scale score of 232; this was a +3 scale-point improvement from that of Arizona white students in 2015 (229).

2017 Arizona Grade 4 Math

  • Arizona students had an average scale of 234; this was a -4 scale-point decrease from that of Arizona students in 2015 (238).
  • Arizona American Indian/Alaskan Native students had an average scale score of 223; this was a +3 scale-point improvement from that of Arizona American Indian/Alaskan Native students in 2015 (220).

2017 NAEP AZ Achievement LevelsNAEP Achievement Levels are defined as the following:

  • Basic denotes a partial mastery of prerequisite knowledge and skills that are fundamental for proficient work.
  • Proficient represents a solid academic performance with demonstrated competency over challenging subject matter.
  • Advanced represents superior performance.