NC Strategic Scorecard
3.1.1 Reading/Writing Proficiency

Target: Rank among top 10 states in reading proficiency (120% of US average)
Actual: 97% of US average
US Rank 2005: 33rd (33rd (tied); down from 23rd in 1998)
SE Rank 2005: 4th (4th; 4th in 1998)
SE Region: AL FL GA KY MS NC SC TN VA WV   Updated 3/28/06

 
Primary Performance Indicator

Public School 4th Graders Proficient or Better

 Performance Trend:
Declining
The trend depicts the degree to which actual performance has approached the target in recent years.
Comments
The reading proficiency rate of NC’s 4th graders improved from 27% in 1998 to 29% in 2005.
However, NC’s 4th grade reading proficiency rate fell below the national rate in 2005, after rising above it in 2002 and 2003. NC now has the 33rd best score in the nation and the 4th best score in the region.
NC now has the 33rd best score in the nation and the 4th best score in the region.
  Definition (What Is Being Measured)
Percent of 4th graders rated proficient or better in reading per the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP), where Proficient represents a demonstrated academic mastery over challenging subject matter for a specified grade level (accomodations permitted).
Source: US Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, NAEP 2003 Reading Assessment; rankings from Morgan Quitno.
Relevance (Why This Is Important)
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), as a federally-authorized, standardized and continual assessment of student competence in key subject areas (e.g., reading, math and science), provides a relative measure of public school quality for grades 4-8.
 
Other Highlights
North Carolina
In 2005, according to NCES (the Nation’s Report Card), NC had the 33rd best average reading score for 8th graders in the US (where 6 state scores were not significantly different). (Source: NCES, The Nation's Report Card).
In 2002, NC had the 6th best average writing score for 8th graders in the US (where 6 state scores were not significantly different). (Source: NCES, The Nation's Report Card).
NC’s English standards have won recognition from the Fordham Foundation for “being clear, specific and measurable, showing increasing difficulty over the grades and addressing almost all areas of the English language arts and reading satisfactorily.” (Source: Fordham Foundation).
 
 
In 2004, 84% of pupils in grades 3-8 scored at or above grade level on NC's end-of-grade reading exams, up from 78% in 2002 (Source: NC Public Instruction).
Southeast Region
National
Nationwide, public school students have been making progress in mathematics and science performance, but only 27% of public school students are performing at or above the NAEP proficient level for mathematics and only 32% for science--the performance target levels set by the National Assessment Governing Board.e
Global
  Data Links
US Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics
National Education Association
Southern Growth Policies Board

 
The Smartest State Award
NC Department of Public Instruction
NC Public School Forum
Southern Regional Education Board
Goal 3.1: Offer a Vigorous Public K-12 Education