New Mexico 4th-graders score 12 points below the national average on reading


Fourth-graders in New Mexico on average scored 208 on a standardized reading test administered last year, which is 12 points below the 2019 national average calculated by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). 

The New Mexico students’ average score ranked 50th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Among the fourth-graders in New Mexico who took the assessment, 53 percent tested at or above the basic achievement level, while 24 percent tested at or above the proficient level, according to the analysis.

In total, fourth-graders in 17 of the jurisdictions had average scores above the national average. And 23 jurisdictions had average scores that didn’t vary significantly with the U.S. average, according to the study, while 12 posted average scores that were well below the national average.

The NAEP uses the academic results of such tests to improve public education in the U.S. The effort is carried out under the direction of the U.S. Department of Education.

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4th-Grade Reading Scores, State by State

RankJurisdictionAverage ScorePoints Above or Below Average ScoreAt or Above Basic Achievement Level (%)At or Above Proficient Achievement (%)
1Massachusetts231127645
2New Jersey22787242
2Wyoming22777341
4Utah22567240
4Colorado22557140
4Florida22557038
7Connecticut22457040
7New Hampshire22457138
7Virginia22446938
10Pennsylvania22346840
10Idaho22336937
12Minnesota22236938
12Nebraska22236937
12South Dakota22236936
12Ohio22236836
12Vermont22226837
12Indiana22226737
12Montana22226936
19North Carolina22126736
19Maine22126736
19North Dakota22126934
19Kentucky22116735
19Iowa22116835
24Rhode Island22016635
24Maryland22006435
24Wisconsin22006636
24Washington22006535
24New York22006634
29Mississippi21906532
29Kansas21906634
29Tennessee21906635
32Michigan218-16432
32Illinois218-16434
32Missouri218-16434
32Georgia218-16332
32Oregon218-26434
32Delaware218-26233
32Nevada218-26431
32Hawaii218-26334
40California216-36332
40Oklahoma216-36329
40Texas216-36130
40South Carolina216-36132
40Arizona216-46131
45Arkansas215-46231
46District of Columbia214-55730
47West Virginia213-66030
48Alabama212-85828
49Louisiana210-105526
50New Mexico208-125324
51Alaska204-155325
Source: National Assessment of Educational Progress

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