Nebraska Fourth, Eighth-Graders Score Higher Than National Average For Math And Reading Assessments

LINCOLN – Two grade levels in the state of Nebraska scored higher than the national average along with being higher than most other states across the country in math and reading scores.

According to a release from the Nebraska Department of Education, these scores came from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) with students in fourth and eighth grade standing out.

The NAEP math assessment measures both mathematics knowledge and students’ ability to apply their knowledge in problem-solving situations while the reading assessment measures reading comprehension by asking students to read selected grade-appropriate materials and answer questions based on what they have read. More than 4,900 Nebraska students were sampled for the exams.

Nebraska’s average math score is 244 for fourth-grade, four points higher than the national average of 240, and 285 for eighth-grade, four points higher than the national average of 281.

Nebraska’s average reading score is 222 for fourth-grade, three points higher than the national average 219, and 264 for eighth-grade, two points higher than the national average 262.

Only four states and jurisdictions outscored Nebraska in fourth-grade reading and math.  Similarly, in eighth-grade only nine states and jurisdictions scored higher than Nebraska in reading and only five in math.

The 2019 national NAEP report card can be viewed at: