New Jersey NAEP 2011 Mathematics Results: Highlights    
Interpreting NAEP Performance Levels: Please note that New Jersey students who perform at or above the NAEP-Basic level are meeting or exceeding grade-level expectations.
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New Jersey Grade 4 and Grade 8 Results 
- New Jersey fourth-graders had an average scale score (248) that was lower than Massachusetts (253) and New Hampshire (252); similar to six states (Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Virginia), and higher than the nation (240) and all other states.
- In 2011, the average scale score for New Jersey fourth-graders (248) was significantly higher than the average scale score in 2005 (244) and 2003 (239), but was not different than the score (247) in 2009.
- In 2011, the -24 points performance gap between lunch eligible and non-eligible fourth-graders did not differ from the -26 points performance gap in 2003. In contrast, the -25 points White/Black performance gap was lower than the -31 points performance gap in 2003, and the -22 points White/Hispanic gap was lower than the -23 points gap in 2003.
- New Jersey eighth-graders had an average scale score (294) that was lower than Massachusetts (299), the same as six states (Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakotas, South Dakota, and Vermont), and higher than the nation (283) and all other states.
- In 2011, the average scale score for New Jersey eighth-graders (294) was higher than in 2007 (289), 2005 (284) and 2003 (281), but not different from the score (293) in 2009.
- New Jersey female eighth-graders had an average scale score (294) that did not differ from the male eighth –graders’ score (294).
- In 2011, the -29 points performance gap between lunch eligible and non-eligible eighth-graders did not differ from the -34 points performance gap in 2003. Similarly, the -33 points White/Black and the -30 points White/Hispanic performance gaps did not differ from gaps during previous test administrations.
New Jersey Mathematics Achievement Growth, Grades 4 and 8: [2009 to 2011] [2007 to 2009]
New Jersey Press Release [11/1/2011]
National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB)