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% of Students above
"Basic" levels

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

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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