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Arizona Student Achievement Rises, but Falls Short of the National Average

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Arizona Student Achievement Rises, but Falls Short of the National Average

In 2011 Arizona students made real progress on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), an exam that enables meaningful comparisons across states. For example, the percent of Arizona 4th graders who scored “at or above proficient” on the math assessment rose from 28% in 2009 to 34% in 2011. Eighth graders made gains on the math assessment as well, with those “at or above proficient” rising 2 percentage points. Students at both grade levels demonstrated slight improvement on the reading assessment, but student achievement is still too low. Only 26% of Arizona 4th graders are “at or above proficient” in reading.