NAEP 2009 Reading Results: 4th Grade

The Iowa Department of Education does not seem to have issued a press release about the NAEP 2009 Reading Results released yesterday.

In 2007, Iowa had an average scale score of 225 and only four states had significantly higher scores.  (See the NAEP page for more.)

In 2009, Iowa’s average scale score is significantly lower than the 2007 score at 221 and twelve states have scores that are significantly higher:

  • Massachusetts (234),
  • Connecticut (229),
  • New Hampshire (229),
  • New Jersey (229),
  • Vermont (229),
  • Virginia (227),
  • Colorado (226),
  • Florida (226),
  • Kentucky (226),
  • Maryland (226),
  • North Dakota (226), and
  • Montana (225).

Twenty states have scores that are not significantly different from Iowa’s: Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Note that Florida has outscored Iowa this year.  In 1992, Iowa had an average scale score of 225, Florida’s was only 208.  Hat tip:  Matthew Ladner, who writes about Florida school reforms at Jay P. Greene’s blog.

UPDATE:  Nothing on the state website yet, but this is from yesterday’s Omaha World-Herald:

Elaine Watkins-Miller, spokeswoman for the Iowa Department of Education, said Wednesday that the dip in Iowa’s fourth-grade scores should serve as “a call of action” for Iowa school districts to adopt the state’s core academic standards.

State officials reviewed the NAEP assessment when they developed the Iowa Core standards, she said.

“We think that will help in that assessment and help students achieve better in that assessment,” she said.

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