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New Jersey NAEP 2009 Mathematics Results:  Highlights [2007]  [2005]  [2003]

Interpreting NAEP Performance Levels:  Please note that New Jersey students who perform at or above the NAEP-Basic level are meeting or exceeding grade-level expectations.

According to the NAEP performance-level descriptors for grades 4 and 8, students performing at the Basic level demonstrate “partial mastery of prerequisite knowledge and skills that are fundamental for proficient work.”  Furthermore, students performing at the Proficient level demonstrate “solid academic performance . . . and competency over challenging subject matter . . .” 

Grade 4:

  • New Jersey fourth-graders had an average scale score (247) that was higher than the nation (239), and higher than all other states except Massachusetts (252) and New Hampshire (251).

  • A greater percentage of the New Jersey fourth-graders (88 percent) scored at or above Basic as compared with their peers in the nation’s public schools (80 percent).

  • New Jersey and the nation’s fourth-graders scored the same as their counterparts in 2007.  This was the first time that the New Jersey and the nation’s fourth-graders showed no overall increase in mathematics performance over a two-year period.

  • New Jersey fourth-graders did not demonstrated improvement in the major reporting groups, and there wasno narrowing of the achievement gaps. 

Grade 8:

  • New Jersey was one of only 15 states that demonstrated overall improvement in mathematics at the eighth-grade level.

  • New Jersey eighth-graders had an average scale score (293) that was higher than the nation (282), and higher than all other states except Massachusetts (299).

  • A greater percentage of the New Jersey eighth-graders (80 percent) scored at or above Basic as compared with their peers in the nation’s public schools (71 percent).

  • New Jersey eighth-graders showed no change in the major reporting groups except for the males, students with disabilities, and students without disabilities.

  • New Jersey eighth-graders demonstrated improvement at the 75th and 90th percentiles, but no change at the 10th, 25th and 50th percentiles, and no changes in the achievement gaps.

New Jersey Mathematics Achievement Growth, Grades 4 and 8:  [2007 to 2009]

NAEP 2009 Mathematics Results for Title I Report Cards [Grade 4] [Grade 8]

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB)