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Ranking State % of Students above
"Basic" levels
1 Minnesota 44%
2 Massachusetts 38%
3 North Dakota 36%
4 Colorado 35%
5 Connecticut 35%
6 Montana 35%
7 New Hampshire 35%
8 South Dakota 35%
9 Vermont 35%
10 Wisconsin 35%
11 Kansas 34%
12 Iowa 33%
13 New Jersey 33%
14 Nebraska 32%
15 New York 32%
16 North Carolina 32%
17 Oregon 32%
18 Washington 32%
19 Wyoming 32%
20 Utah 31%
21 Virginia 31%
22 Alaska 30%
23 Indiana 30%
24 Maryland 30%
25 Ohio 30%
26 Pennsylvania 30%
27 Illinois 29%
28 Maine 29%
29 Idaho 28%
30 MICHIGAN 28%
31 Missouri 28%
32 South Carolina 26%
33 Delaware 25%
34 Texas 25%
35 Kentucky 24%
36 Rhode Island 24%
37 Florida 23%
38 Arizona 21%
39 California 21%
40 Georgia 21%
41 Nevada 21%
42 Tennessee 21%
43 Oklahoma 20%
44 West Virginia 20%
45 Arkansas 18%
46 Louisiana 17%
47 Alabama 16%
48 Hawaii 16%
49 New Mexico 15%
50 Mississippi 12%

The above results are for the 8th grade, 2003 school year.

Source: http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/states/

       
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Achievement Levels
 
Basic: Denotes partial mastery of prerequisite knowledge and skills that are fundamental for proficient work at each grade.
 
Proficient: Represents solid academic performance for each grade assessed. Students reaching this level have demonstrated competency over challenging subject matter, including subjectmatter knowledge, application of such knowledge to real-world situations, and analytical skills appropriate to the subject matter.
 
Advanced: Represents superior performance.

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