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WA’s NAEP Scores Exceed National Average
Despite a dip in 8th-grade scores, Washington continues to excel

OLYMPIA — October 28, 2015 — The National Center for Education Statistics today released results for the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Washington’s fourth and eighth graders exceed the national average in both reading and math.

How many states scored statistically higher than Washington?

  • Reading: 3 states
  • Math: 3 states and the Department of Defense Schools


  • Reading: 5 states and the Department of Defense Schools
  • Math: 5 states and the Department of Defense Schools

“I’m pleased with our state’s performance,” State Superintendent Randy Dorn said. “Although our 8th-grade scores are not as high as they were last time, our state’s overall trend has been continually upward since the beginning of NAEP testing. I’m proud of the progress

2015 NAEP graph

About NAEP
NAEP is a program of the U.S. Department of Education. Commonly called “The Nation's Report Card,” it is the only test in that assesses students in all states, Washington DC and Puerto Rico. NAEP allows comparisons of the performance of a sample of students in Washington with performance of students nationally. Assessments are conducted periodically in mathematics, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography and U.S. history.

Statistical sampling
Not all students participate in NAEP. But the relatively small sample of students taking the assessments is representative of the student population of Washington.

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About OSPI
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.

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   Updated 10/28/2015

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