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How does Utah compare?

Compared to the rest of the nation, Utah usually scores around the average.  But when compared to states that share similar demographics, Utah scores at the bottom.

In 2007, the Utah Foundation released a report showing how Utah compares to other states with similar demographics in areas that affect student achievement - poverty, parental education levels, and ethnicity. 

The report uses the most recent test scores on the National Assessment of Education Progress, which is known as "The Nation’s Report Card” and is used by researchers and policymakers as the standard for measuring student achievement across the US. 

 

Average Score & Rank, 8th Grade NAEP
Utah Foundation1 and National Assessment of Educational Progress2

 

 Math, 2007


 Reading, 2007

 


 Science, 2005

 

Graph Notes

  • NAEP Scores
    • Math: Scored on a scale of 0 to 500.  On the 2007 tests, scores from 262 to 298 are considered Basic; from 298 to 332 are considered Proficient; and above 333 are considered Advanced.
    • Reading: Scored on a scare of 0 to 500.  On the 2007 tests, scores from 243 to 280 are considered Basic; from 281 to 322 are considered Proficient; and above 323 are considered Advanced.
    • Writing: Scored on a scare of 0 to 300.  On the 2005 tests, scores from 143 to 169 are considered Basic; from 170 to 207 are considered Proficient; and above 208 are considered Advanced.
  • State Abbreviations: IA = Iowa, MT = Montana, NE = Nebraska, SD = South Dakota, UT = Utah, and WI = Wisconsin

See how Utah compares to the rest of the U.S.

The links below take you to an interactive map on the NAEP website that lets you easily compare Utah to the rest of the U.S.

 

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How does the U.S. compare?

On international tests that include a broad range of countries, the U.S. scores above average.  However, when compared to other developed democracies, the U.S. scores in the middle or near the bottom.

Out of the 30 developed democracies belonging to the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development or OECD*, the U.S. ranked 25th in math and 21st in Science on the most recent international test for 15 year-olds.

Average Scores of Developed Nations, 15 Year-Olds, PISA 2006
National Center for Education Statistics3

In Math, the U.S. ranked 25th out of 30 developed democracies (OECD*).   In Science, the U.S. ranked 21st out of 30 developed democracies (OECD*).
    
MATH
   SCIENCE
Rank
Country
Score
  RankCountry Score
1
Finland
548
  1
Finland
563
2
South Korea
547
  2
Canada
534
3
Netherlands
531
  3
Japan
531
4
Switzerland
530
  4
New Zealand
530
5
Canada
527
  5
Australia
527
6
Japan
523
  6
Netherlands
525
7
New Zealand
522
  7
South Korea
522
8
Belgium (Flemish)
520
  8
Germany
516
9
Australia
520
  9
United Kingdom515
10
Denmark
513
  10
Czech Republic
513
11
Czech Republic510
  11
Switzerland
512
12
Iceland 506
  12
Austria
511
13
Austria
505
  13
Belgium (Flemish)
510
14
Germany
504
  14
Ireland
508
15
Sweden
502
  15
Hungary
504
16
Ireland
501
  16
Sweden
503
--
AVERAGE
498
  --AVERAGE500
17
France
496
  17
Poland
498
18
United Kingdom495
  18
Denmark
496
19
Poland
495
  19
France
495
20
Slovak Republic
492
  20
Iceland
491
21
Hungary
491
  21
United States
489
22
Luxembourg
490
  22
Slovak Republic488
23
Norway
490
  23
Spain
488
24
Spain
480
  24
Norway
487
25
United States
474
  25
Luxembourg486
26
Portugal
466
  26
Italy
475
27
Italy
462
  27
Portugal
474
28
Greece459
  28
Greece
473
29Turkey
424
  29
Turkey
424
30
Mexico
406
  30
Mexico
410

Graph Notes


=Score is higher than the U.S.
 =Score is not measurably different from the U.S.
 =Score is lower than the U.S.
*OECD
=Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development.  Includes 30 developed countries that are committed to democracy and a market economy.

On an international test including a broad range of countries, the U.S. ranked 9th in math and 11th in science out of 48 countries.  Among the 15 countries with advanced economies, however, the U.S. scored just below the average ranking 7th in math and 9th in science.

Average Scores and Rankings, 8th Grade, TIMSS 2007
National Center for Education Statistics4

In Math, the U.S. ranked 9th overall and 7th out of 15 countries with advanced economies.
  In Science, the U.S. ranked 11th overall and 9th out of 15 countries with advanced economies.
          
MATH

  SCIENCE
Rank
Country
Advanced
Economy

Score
  RankCountry Advanced
Economy
Score
1
Taiwanx
598
  1
Singapore
x
567
2
South Korea
x
597
  2
Taiwanx
561
3
Singapore
x
593
  3
Japan
x
554
4
Hong Kongx
572
  4
South Korea
x
553
5
Japan
x
570
  5
England
x
542
--
ADVANCED ECONOMIES AVERAGE
x
523
  6Hungary 539
6
Hungary 517
  6Czech Republicx
539
7
England
x
513
  8
Sloveniax
538
8
Russia
 512
  9
Hong Kongx
530
9
United States
x
508
  10
Russiax
530
10
Lithuania 506
  --
ADVANCED ECONOMIES AVERAGE x525
11
Czech Republic
x
504
  11
United States
x
520
12
Slovenia
x
501
  12
Lithuania
 519
--
AVERAGE
 500
  13
Australia
x515
13
Armenia
 499
  14
Sweden
x
511
14
Australia
x
496
  --
AVERAGE 500

15

Sweden
x
491
  15
Scotlandx
496
16
Malta
 488
  16
Italyx
495
17
Scotland
x
487
  17
Armenia 488
18
Serbia
 486
  18
Norwayx
487
19
Italy
x480
  19
Ukraine 485
20
Malaysia
 474
  20
Jordan 482
21
Norway
x469
  21
Malaysia 471
22
Cyprus 465
  21
Thailand 471
23
Bulgaria
 464
  23
Serbia 470
24
Israel
x
463
  23
Bulgaria 470
25
Ukraine
 462
  25
Israelx
468
26
Romania
 461
  26
Bahrain 467
27
Bosnia
 456
  27Bosnia 466
28Lebanon
 449
  28
Romania 462
29
Thailand
 441
  29
Iran 459
30
Turkey
 432
  30
Malta 457
31
Jordan
 427
  31
Turkey 454
32
Tunisia
 420
  32
Syria 452
33
Georgia
 410
  32
Cyprus 452
34
Iran
 403
  34
Tunisia 445
35
Bahrain
 398
  35
Indonesia 427
36
Indonesia
 397
  36
Oman 423
37
Syria 395
  37
Georgia 421
38
Egypt 391  38
Kuwait 418
39
Algeria
 387  39
Colombia 417
40
Colombia
 380  40
Lebanon 414
41
Oman
 372  41
Egypt 408
42
Palestine
 367
  41
Algeria 408
43
Botswana
 364
  43
Palestine 404
44
Kuwait
 354
  44
Saudi Arabia 403
45
El Salvador
 340
  45
El Salvador 387
46
Saudi Arabia
 329
  46
Botswana 355
47
Ghana
 309
  47
Qatar  319
48
Qatar
 307  48
Ghana 303

Graph Notes

>>= Score is higher than the U.S.
 = Score is not measurably different from the U.S.
<>
= Score is lower than the U.S.
 

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SOURCES

  1. Utah Foundation, Research Report, "School Testing Results, 2006 & 2007: How Utah compares to other states," October 2007.  Accessed at: http://www.utahfoundation.org/img/pdfs/rr681.pdf
  2. US Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress, State Profiles.  Accessed at: http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/states/
  3. US Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Program for International Student Assessment, Highlights from PISA 2006: Performance of U.S. 15-Year-Old Students in Science and Mathematics Literacy in an International Context.  Accessed at: http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2008016
  4. US Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, Highlights from TIMSS 2007: Mathematics and Science Achievement of U.S. Fourth and Eighth-Grade Students in an International Context.  Accessed at: http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2009/2009001.pdf
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