The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) supports and reports on research that compares the proficiency standards of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) with those of individual states, allowing an individual state’s proficiency standards to be compared with those of the NAEP and other states. The August 10, 2011 NCES report concludes that the rigor of proficiency standards for reading and math varied widely among states and that students with similar academic skills residing in different states are being evaluated against different proficiency standards. Some states increased the rigor of their standardized test while other states lowered their standards. The report reflects that, of the 40 states that did not substantively alter their standards, most reported lower 2009 standardized test scores. In 2009 no state met the NAEP proficiency standards in reading and only one state met the NAEP standards in math.
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