NAEP 2009 Grade 12 Pilot in Idaho

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has been measuring the knowledge and skills of grade 12 students in reading and mathematics since 1992. Only national results, however, were reported for these assessments. In 2009, NAEP conducted a pilot assessment for high school seniors for which state-level results could be reported. Eleven (11) states, including Idaho, participated in the pilot.

The Nation's Report Card

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
State Snapshot Reports for Idaho: Grade 12 [ Reading / Mathematics ]
Reading State Report for Idaho: Grade 12 [ Report / Appendix ]
Mathematics State Report for Idaho: Grade 12 [ Report / Appendix ]
The Nation's Report Card: Grade 12 [ Full Report / Highlights ]
Idaho Profiles from the Nation's Report Card: Grade 12 [ Reading / Mathematics ]
National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB)
NAEP Reading 2009 [ Framework / Test Item Specifications ]
NAEP Mathematics 2009 [ Framework / Test Item Specifications ]

Idaho State Department of Education

NAEP Grade 12 Pilot in the News
State Department of Education News Release (18-Nov-10)
National Assessment Governing Board News Release - Superintendent Luna (18-Nov-10)
News Stories about Idaho Grade 12 Results
Average Scale Score Results

Reading, Grade 12

  • In 2009, the average reading score of Idaho's high school seniors in Idaho was 290, which was higher than the average score of 287 for public school seniors across the nation.
  • In 2009, Idaho's high school female seniors had an average reading score (296) than was higher than Idaho's male seniors (285).
  • In 2009, Idaho's Hispanic seniors had an average reading score that was 26 points lower than Idaho's White students. Idaho's performance gap was not significantly different from the national gap (22 points).

Mathematics, Grade 12

  • In 2009, the average mathematics score of Idaho's high school seniors in Idaho was 153, which was not significantly different than the average score of 152 for public school seniors across the nation.
  • In 2009, Idaho's high school female seniors had an average mathematics score (152) than was not significantly different than Idaho's male seniors (153).
  • In 2009, Idaho's Hispanic seniors had an average mathematics score that was 25 points lower than Idaho's White students. Idaho's performance gap was not significantly different from the national gap (23 points).
Achievement Level Score Results

Student performing "at or above NAEP Basic" are meeting or exceeding grade-level expectations.

Reading, Grade 12

  • The percentage of Idaho's high school seniors who performed at or above NAEP Basic on the NAEP 2009 reading assessment was 78 percent, which was higher than the nation's seniors at 73 percent.

Mathematics, Grade 12

  • The percentage of Idaho's high school seniors who performed at or above NAEP Basic on the NAEP 2009 mathematics assessment was 66 percent, which was not significantly different from the nation's seniors at 63 percent.
Subject and Strand (Subscale) Results -- Average Scale Scores
  • Reading: Idaho seniors had a higher average scale scores than their national peers in reading total and in reading literary text. Idaho was not significantly different from the nation in reading informational text.
  • Mathematics: Idaho seniors had an average scale scores in mathematics total and in the four mathematics strands that were not significantly different from their national peers.
READING 2009, GRADE 12 Idaho Nation  
Total / Composite 290* 287 p < .05
Literary Text 286* 279 p < .05
Informational Text 292 290 N.S.
MATHEMATICS 2009, GRADE 12 Idaho Nation  
Total / Composite 153 152 N.S.
Algebra and Functions 152 154 N.S.
Data Analysis, Statistics and Probability 154 152 N.S.
Geometry and Measurement 154 152 N.S.
Number Properties and Operations 150 150 N.S.
Note: The averge scale scores across subjects or strands shown above should not be compared.  The 154 in Data Analysis, for example, may or may not have the same meaning as the 154 in Geometry. Each strand is reported on a separate scale.

 

Subject and Strand (Subscale) Results -- National Percentile Ranks

Using national percentile ranks for NAEP results, the overall performance of Idaho's high school seniors can be generally compared across subjects and/or strands within subjects. A national percentile rank indicates the percentage of students in public schools across the nation that scored at or below Idaho's average student/score. In the chart below, for example, a percentile rank of 53 (or 53rd percentile) means that 53 percent of the nation's public school seniors scored at or below Idaho's average score.

  • Reading, Grade12. In 2009, the average scores for Idaho's seniors were at the 53rd percentile for Reading Total, the 55th percentile for Literary Text, and the 52nd percentile for Informational Text. The national norm is the 50th percentile.
  • Mathematics, Grade 12. In 2009, the average scores for Idaho's seniors were at the 50th percentile on Mathematics Total, the 50th percentile for Number Properties and Operations, the 51st percentile for Measurement and Geometry, the 52nd percentile for Data Analysis and Statistics, and the 47th percentile for Algebra.  The national norm is the 50th percentile.

National percentile ranks for Idaho seniors on the NAEP 2009 reading and mathematics assessments

Idaho Snapshots
Student Demographic Groups, Grade 12: Idaho vs. Nation [ Reading / Mathematics ]
Achievement Level Results, Grades 4, 8 and 12: Idaho vs. Nation [ Reading / Mathematics ]
Idaho National Percentile Ranks, Grades 4, 8 and 12 [ Reading and Mathematics ]
Idaho vs. Other Pilot States, Grade 8-2005 and Grade 12-2009 [ Reading / Mathematics ]
Students Meeting Grade-Level Expectations by Location, Grade 12 [ Reading / Mathematics ]
Idaho National Percentile Ranks by Location, Grade 12 [ Reading / Mathematics ]
Student Educational Goals and "Next Year" Plans, Grade 12 [ Reading and Mathematics ]
Highest Mathematics Course Taken, Grade 12 [ Mathematics ]
Simpson's Paradox in Idaho, Grade 12 [ Reading / Mathematics ]
Plus: ThreeTest Items released from Grade 12 Pilot [ Mathematics ]

Background Finding from State Grade 12 Pilot

Information from the student NAEP questionnaires provides a context for understanding and interpreting results from the State Grade 12 Pilot. The high school seniors were asked, "How much education do you think you will compete?" They selected from six choices: I will not finish high school; I will graduate from high school; I will have some education after high school; I will graduate from college; I will go to graduate school; and I don't know.

2009 seniors who plan for college or graduate school -- IL, NJ, CT, MA, FL, IA, NH, SD, and US higher than Idaho.  AR and WV not significantly different from Idaho.

The American College Testing Program reported that 10,228 seniors in Idaho's from the Class of 2009 (about 58 percent of the seniors) took the ACT. The College Board reported that 3,165 of Idaho's graduating seniors (about 18 percent) took the SAT. The sum of the percentages of students who took the two college placement tests is less than 76 percent because some students took both ACT and SAT.