Each state comes up with its own standards for student achievement. A new study from the National Center on Education Statistics compares them. Here are the top and bottom five.
Which states have set a high bar for their students – and which states have low expectations?
Under the No Child Left Behind Act, each state comes up with its own standards for student achievement. A new study from the National Center on Education Statistics compares these standards.
According to the study, the states that set the highest standards for fourth-grade reading proficiency in 2007 are:
3. South Carolina
5. (tie) Maine
5. (tie) Vermont
And the bottom five are:
The study also looked at standards for eighth-grade reading proficiency. South Carolina, Missouri, Minnesota, and Vermont are in the top five, as they were for fourth grade. But Massachusetts, which was No. 1 in the list above, dropped to No. 10 for eighth grade. And Florida moved up to the fifth spot.