The Grade 12 Reading and Mathematics results for 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) demonstrate that New Hampshire students, as a whole, perform near the top in Reading and Mathematics compared to the nation and the ten other states participating in the Grade 12 Pilot for NAEP 2009. The National Assessment of Educational Progress is also commonly known as “the Nation’s Report Card,” and is conducted at both the state and the national level. This assessment has been focusing on what America’s students know and are capable of doing in various subject areas since 1969. For the first time in the history of the NAEP assessment program, state-level data was collected for Grade 12 schools participating in the Grade 12 NAEP Pilot. The other ten states participating included: Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Jersey, South Dakota, and West Virginia. The State of New Hampshire elected to participate in the NAEP 2009 Grade 12 Reading and Mathematics Pilot to not only complement the existing grades 4 and 8 NAEP participation in Reading and Mathematics but to also provide comparative assessment measures to its Grade 11 Reading and Mathematics New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP). High School reform has been a focus for New Hampshire for several years. The Grade 12 State NAEP Assessment, together with its own regional NECAP, provides New Hampshire with the necessary tools with which to examine the effectiveness of its state programs in order to maximize New Hampshire’s reform efforts
Nationwide, approximately 1,500 public high schools with just over 95,000 students participated in the NAEP 2009 Grade 12 Reading and Mathematics assessment. In New Hampshire, 60 high schools participated with approximately 4,300 students split between the Reading and Mathematics assessments. Demographically, there was an even split between male and female participation in New Hampshire with race/ethnicity representation of: 94 percent White, Non-Hispanic; 1 percent Black; 2 percent Hispanic; and 2 percent Asian/Pacific Islander.
In Reading, the average score and achievement levels for New Hampshire Grade 12 students were significantly higher than the national averages and not significantly different from six other states that participated in the Grade 12 Pilot (See Table 1 attached). In Mathematics, the average score and achievement levels were also significantly higher than the national averages and not significantly different from two other states that participated in the Grade 12 Pilot (See Table 21 attached). There were no states that had an average score and achievement levels significantly above New Hampshire’s in either Reading or Mathematics. Attached are highlighted result findings for New Hampshire students as a whole and for specific subgroups.
For more information on New Hampshire’s NAEP results visit our Web site at www.education.nh.gov/instruction/assessment/naep/index.htm or contact Tim Eccleston, New Hampshire’s NAEP State Specialist at (603) 271-2298 or Timothy.Eccleston@ed.state.nh.us. For a complete set of national NAEP results, visit http://www.nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard.