Explore the Education Landscape in Your State

This map provides a snapshot of the education landscape in each state, demonstrating the need for high standards to ensure student success.

Wyoming

State Education Standards

Wyoming adopted the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards.

State Assessment

In February 2017, the Wyoming Board of Education voted to replace the Proficiency Assessment for Wyoming (PAWS). Wyoming will administer the Comprehensive Statewide Assessment System in grades 1-10 in English language arts, math, and science, for the first time during the 2017-2018 school year. Wyoming will also administer the ACT to high school students for the first time during the 2017-2018 school year.

Reading and Math Proficiency

Wyoming showed a 23-point discrepancy between state reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 14-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 80% of Wyoming students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

In 2015, 19% of Wyoming students in four-year colleges were placed remedial courses for the first time.

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 24.1% of Wisconsin students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 54.1% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 65% of jobs in Wyoming will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 34% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 31% skills gap.

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Wisconsin

State Education Standards

Wisconsin adopted the Wisconsin Academic Standards.

State Assessment

Wisconsin administered the Wisconsin Forward Exam in grades 3-8 for the first time in the 2015-2016 school year. High school students in Wisconsin take the ACT Aspire, ACT Plus Writing and the ACT WorkKeys.

Reading and Math Proficiency

Wisconsin showed a 10-point discrepancy between state reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 6-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 88.2% of Wisconsin students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

In 2015, 10% of all Wisconsin students at a two-year were placed in remedial courses.

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 28.7% of Wisconsin students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 59.3% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 64% of jobs in Wisconsin will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 40% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 24% skills gap.

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West Virginia

State Education Standards

West Virginia adopted the West Virginia College and Career Readiness Standards.

State Assessment

West Virginia will administer the West Virginia General Summative Assessment (WVGSA) in English language arts and math for grades 3-8 for the first time during the 2017-2018 school year. Students in grade 11 will take the SAT.

Reading and Math Proficiency

West Virginia showed a 17-point discrepancy between state reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 8-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 89.8% of West Virginia students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

In 2015, 29% of West Virginia students in either a two-year or four-year college were placed remedial courses for the first time.

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 24.7% of West Virginia students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 45.6% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 53% of jobs in West Virginia will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 28% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 25% skills gap.

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Washington

State Education Standards

Washington adopted the Washington State K-12 Learning Standards.

State Assessment

Washington is a member of Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. Washington has administered the Smarter Balanced test since the 2014-15 school year for students in grades 3−8 and 11 in English language arts and math.

Reading and Math Proficiency

Washington showed a 15-point discrepancy between state reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 9-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 79.7% of Washington students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

In 2014, 17% of Washington undergraduate students at a two-year college were placed in remedial courses. 2% of Washington undergraduates at a four-year college were placed in remedial courses.

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 44.1% of Washington students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 68.1% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 70% of jobs in Washington will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 39% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 31% skills gap.

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Virginia

State Education Standards

Virginia uses the Standards of Learning.

State Assessment

Virginia administers the Standards of Learning assessment in grades 3-8 and select high school courses.

Reading and Math Proficiency

Virginia showed a 36-point discrepancy between state reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 36-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 86.7% of Virginia students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

Not Available

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 51.6% of Virginia students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 70.5% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 66% of jobs in Virginia will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 42% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 24% skills gap.

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Vermont

State Education Standards

Vermont adopted the Common Core State Standards.

State Assessment

Vermont is a member of Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. Vermont has administered the Smarter Balanced test since the 2014-15 school year for students in grades 3−8 and grade 11 in English language arts and math.

Reading and Math Proficiency

Vermont showed a 4-point discrepancy between state reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 1-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 87.7% of Vermont students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

Not Available

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data,52.5% of Vermont students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 65.3% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 66% of jobs in Vermont will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 44% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 22% skills gap.

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Utah

State Education Standards

Utah adopted the Utah Core Standards.

State Assessment

Utah administers the Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence (SAGE) in grades 3-8 and high school. The SAGE test was administered for the first time in the 2014-15 school year.

Reading and Math Proficiency

Utah showed a 2-point discrepancy between state reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 5-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 85.2% of Utah students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

In 2015, 28% of Utah students in either a two-year or four-year college were placed remedial courses for the first time.

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 20.6% of Utah students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 47.1% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 68% of jobs in Utah will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 38% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 30% skills gap.

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Texas

State Education Standards

Texas adopted the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

State Assessment

Since 2012, Texas has administered the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness in grades 3-8. Students in high school take the End of Course exams in English and Algebra.

Reading and Math Proficiency

Texas showed a 30-point discrepancy between state reported proficiency scores in and NAEP in eight-grade math and a 12-point discrepancy between state reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 89.1% of Texas students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

In 2015, 36% of Texas students in either a two-year or four-year college were placed remedial courses for the first time.

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 27.6% of Texas students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 51.7% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 60% of jobs in Texas will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 31% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 29% skills gap.

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Tennessee

State Education Standards

Tennessee adopted the Tennessee Academic Standards.

State Assessment

In 2014, Tennessee adopted a new test called the TNReady which was administered for the first time in grades 3-8 during the 2015-16 school year. Students in high school take the End of Course exams.

Reading and Math Proficiency

N/A. Please note that Tennessee reports information in grade bands rather than individual grades. 4th grade reading test scores reflect scores for 3rd grade to 5th grade students and 8th grade reading test scores reflect scores for 6th grade to 8th grade students.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 88.5% of Tennessee students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

In 2015, 59% of Tennessee students were placed in remedial college courses at a two-year institution.

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data,20.8% of Tennessee students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 47.9% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 56% of jobs in Tennessee will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 31% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 25% skills gap.

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South Dakota

State Education Standards

South Dakota adopted the South Dakota Content Standards.

State Assessment

South Dakota is a member of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. South Dakota has administered this test in grades 3−8 and grade 11 in English language arts and math since the 2014-2015 school year. Starting in 2017, South Dakota public high school seniors who earn a Level 3 or 4 on their Smarter Balanced 11th grade math and English language arts tests will receive guaranteed general acceptance into the state’s public universities and technical institutes.

Reading and Math Proficiency

South Dakota showed a 14-point discrepancy between state reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 8-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 83.9% of South Dakota students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

In 2015, 27% of South Dakota students entering a four-year college required a remedial course.

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 23.8% of South Dakota students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 50.5% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 63% of jobs in South Dakota will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 44% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 19% skills gap.

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South Carolina

State Education Standards

South Carolina adopted the South Carolina College and Career Readiness Standards.

State Assessment

South Carolina administered the South Carolina College and Career READY Assessments (SC READY) for the first time in grades 3-8 for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. High school students take the End of Course Examination Program (EOCEP) in select courses including Algebra 1, Intermediate Algebra, Biology 1, English 1, and United States History and the Constitution.

Reading and Math Proficiency

South Carolina showed a 8-point discrepancy between state reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 9-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 82.6% of South Carolina students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

In 2015, 19% of South Carolina undergraduate students at a two-year college were placed in remedial courses.

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 41.7% of South Carolina students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 60.6% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 60% of jobs in South Carolina will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 34% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 26% skills gap.

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Rhode Island

State Education Standards

Rhode Island adopted the Common Core State Standards.

State Assessment

In 2017 Rhode Island adopted the Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System (RICAS) in grade 3-8 in English Language Arts and mathematics. This test is aligned to the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System will be administered for the first time during the 2017-2018 school year. High school students will take the PSAT and the SAT.

Reading and Math Proficiency

Rhode Island showed a 1-point discrepancy between state reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 18-point discrepancy in eighth grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 82.8% of Rhode Island students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

Approximately 7% of students entering a four-year institution need remediation in English and 21% need remediation in math.

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 34.1% of Rhode Island students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 58% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 66% of jobs in Rhode Island will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 43% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 23% skills gap.

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Pennsylvania

State Education Standards

Pennsylvania adopted the Pennsylvania Core Standards.

State Assessment

Students in grades 3-8 take a revised Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) in reading and math, and high school students in select courses take the Keystone exams. Both the PSSA and Keystone exams are aligned to the Pennsylvania Core Standards.

Reading and Math Proficiency

Pennsylvania showed a 20-point discrepancy between state reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 3-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 86.1% of Pennsylvania students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

Not Available

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 41.6% of Pennsylvania students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 62.9% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 60% of jobs in Pennsylvania will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 43% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 17% skills gap.

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Oregon

State Education Standards

Oregon adopted the Common Core State Standards.

State Assessment

Oregon is a member of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. This test has been administered in grades 3-8 and grade 11 since the 2014-2015 school year. However, starting in 2018-2019, only students in grades 3-8 will take the test. Oregon will explore using a nationally recognized test, such as the SAT or ACT to administer during the 2018-2019 school year.

Reading and Math Proficiency

Oregon showed a 14-point discrepancy between state reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 7-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 74.8% of Oregon students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

In 2015, 13% of Oregon students in four-year colleges were placed remedial courses for the first time.

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 30.3% of Oregon students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 55.5% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 67% of jobs in Oregon will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 36% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 31% skills gap.

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Oklahoma

State Education Standards

Oklahoma adopted the Oklahoma Academic Standards.

State Assessment

The Oklahoma State Testing Program (OSTP) is administered to students in grades 3–8. Students in grade 11 will take the ACT or SAT.

Reading and Math Proficiency

Oklahoma showed a 4-point discrepancy between state reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 1-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 81.6% of Oklahoma students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

In 2015, 39% of Oklahoma students in either a two-year or four-year college were placed remedial courses for the first time.

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 22.8% of Oklahoma students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 46.2% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 59% of jobs in Oklahoma will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 30% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 29% skills gap.

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Ohio

State Education Standards

Ohio adopted Ohio’s Learning Standards.

State Assessment

Ohio administered the Ohio State Test in grades 3-8 for the first time during the 2015-2016 school year.

Reading and Math Proficiency

Data unavailable

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 83.5% of Ohio students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

In 2015, 32% of Ohio students entering either a two-year or four-year college required a remedial course.

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 31.9% of Ohio students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 54.6% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 59% of jobs in Ohio will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 36% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 23% skills gap.

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North Dakota

State Education Standards

North Dakota adopted the North Dakota Academic Content Standards.

State Assessment

North Dakota will administer the North Dakota State Assessment for the first time in the 2017-2018 school year. The NDSA consists of general, criterion-referenced assessments for all students in grades 3-8 and 10 in English language arts/literacy and mathematics.

Reading and Math Proficiency

Data unavailable

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 87.5 of North Dakota students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

In 2015, 28% of North Dakota students in either a two-year or four-year college were placed remedial courses for the first time.

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data,23.3% of North Dakota students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 50.3% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 69% of jobs in North Dakota will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 50% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 19% skills gap.

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North Carolina

State Education Standards

North Carolina adopted the Standard Course of Study.

State Assessment

In the 2016-17 school year, students in grades 3-8 took the North Carolina End of Grade tests and students in secondary education took the End of Course exam for select subjects for the first time.

Reading and Math Proficiency

North Carolina showed a 20-point discrepancy between state reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 13-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 85.9% of North Carolina students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

In 2015, 18% of North Carolina undergraduate students at a two-year college were placed in remedial courses.

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 37.5% of North Carolina students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 61.2% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 63% of jobs in North Carolina will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 36% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 27% skills gap.

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New York

State Education Standards

New York adopted the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards in 2010. They were fully implemented in schools by the 2013-14 school year.

State Assessment

Since 2012, students have been taking a revised New York State Regents Exam.

Reading and Math Proficiency

New York showed a 5-point discrepancy between state reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 9-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 80.4% of New York students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

N/A data not available

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 38.7% of New York students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 59.2% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 67% of jobs in New York will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 48% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 19% skills gap.

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New Mexico

State Education Standards

New Mexico adopted the New Mexico Common Core State Standards in 2010. They were fully implemented in all schools by the 2013-14 school year.

State Assessment

New Mexico is a member of the PARCC consortium which was administered for the first time in grades 3-8 and 11th grade in the 2014-2015 school year.

Reading and Math Proficiency

New Mexico showed a 3-point discrepancy between state reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 8-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 71% of New Mexico students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

In 2014, 42% of New Mexico students entering either a two-year or four-year college required a remedial course.

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 14.4% of New Mexico students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 41.7% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 61% of jobs in New Mexico will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 29% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 32% skills gap.

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New Jersey

State Education Standards

New Jersey adopted the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.

State Assessment

New Jersey is a member of the PARCC consortium which was administered for the first time in grades 3-8 and grade 11 in the 2014-2015 school year.

Reading and Math Proficiency

New Jersey showed a 13-point discrepancy between state-reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 18-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 90.1% of New Jersey students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

In 2014, 46% of New Jersey students in either a two-year or four-year college were placed remedial courses for the first time.

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 42.2% of New Jersey students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 67.2% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 66% of jobs in New Jersey will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 46% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 20% skills gap.

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New Hampshire

State Education Standards

New Hampshire adopted the New Hampshire College and Career Ready Standards in 2010. They were implemented in all schools by the 2014-15 school year.

State Assessment

In 2016 New Hampshire adopted a new test. Starting in the 2017-2018 school year, students in grades 3-8 students will take the New Hampshire Statewide Assessment System for ELA/writing and mathematics. Students in grade 11 will take the SAT. Some districts in New Hampshire are piloting the Performance Assessment for Competency Education. (PACE) program in grades 3-11.

Reading and Math Proficiency

New Hampshire demonstrated a 10-point discrepancy between state-reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 1-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 88.2% of New Hampshire students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

Not Available

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 55.3% of New Hampshire students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 70.1% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 67% of jobs in New Hampshire will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 46% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 21% skills gap.

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Nevada

State Education Standards

Nevada adopted the Nevada Academic Content Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics/ Nevada Ready.

State Assessment

Nevada is a member of the Smarter Balanced consortium. Since the 2014-2015 school year, students in grades 3-8 and select high school courses take Criterion Referenced Tests which incorporate the Smarter Balanced tests in English language arts and math.

Reading and Math Proficiency

Nevada showed a 17-point discrepancy between state reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 8-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 73.6% of Nevada students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

In 2014, 58% of Nevada students in either a two-year or four-year college required a remedial course.

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 14.9% of Nevada students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 45.8% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 58% of jobs in Nevada will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 28% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 30% skills gap.

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Nebraska

State Education Standards

Nebraska adopted the Nebraska Academic Standards.

State Assessment

Students in grades 3-8 take the Nebraska State Accountability Test (NeSA), students in 11th grade take the ACT exam.

Reading and Math Proficiency

Nebraska showed a 16-point discrepancy between state reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 27-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rates

In 2016, 89.3% of Nebraska students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

Not Available

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 25.7% of Nebraska students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 56.2% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 66% of jobs in Nebraska will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 44% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 22% skills gap.

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Missouri

State Education Standards

Missouri adopted the Missouri Learning Standards in 2010. They were implemented in all schools by the 2014-15 school year.

State Assessment

Missouri administers the Missouri Assessment Program in grades 3-8 and the End of Course Exams for high school students. The MAP test was administered for the first time during the 2014-2015 school year.

Reading and Math Proficiency

Missouri showed an 28-point discrepancy between state reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and no discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 89% of Missouri students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

In 2014, 32% of Missouri students entering either a two-year or four-year college required a remedial course.

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 32.3% of Missouri students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 55.2% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 60% of jobs in Missouri will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 37% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 23% skills gap.

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Mississippi

State Education Standards

Mississippi adopted the Mississippi College-and Career-Readiness Standards in 2010. They were fully implemented in all schools by the 2013-14 school year.

State Assessment

Mississippi administered the Mississippi Assessment Program for the first time during the 2015-2016 school year for students in grades 3-8. Students in high school take the ACT.

Reading and Math Proficiency

Mississippi showed a 5-point discrepancy between state reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 15-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 82.3% of Mississippi students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

In 2014, 42% of all Mississippi students at a two-year were placed in remedial courses. 17% of Mississippi students or four-year college were placed in remedial courses.

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 26.4% of Mississippi students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 49.8% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 57% of jobs in Mississippi will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 32% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 25% skills gap.

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Minnesota

State Education Standards

Minnesota adopted the Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards.

State Assessment

Minnesota administers state-specific assessments known as the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA). Students in grades 3–8 take MCAs every spring in math and English language arts while students in high school take a reading test in grade 10 and a math test in grade 11.

Reading and Math Proficiency

Minnesota showed a 18-point discrepancy between state reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and an 10-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 82.2% of Minnesota students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

In 2014, 28% of students entering college required a remedial course.

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 34.2% of Minnesota students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 58.6% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 70% of jobs in Minnesota will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 48% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 22% skills gap.

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Michigan

State Education Standards

Michigan adopted the Michigan Merit Curriculum.

State Assessment

Michigan students in grades 3-8 take the Michigan Student Test of Education Progress (M-STEP) in English and math. This test uses a combination of Smarter Balanced test items along with Michigan-developed field test items. Michigan administers the Michigan Merit Exam in grade 11 which includes the SAT with essay, the ACT WorkKeys as well as the M-STEP science and social studies tests.

Reading and Math Proficiency

Michigan showed a 15-point discrepancy between state reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 5-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 79.7% of Michigan students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

In 2013, 27% of students entering college required a remedial course.

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 34.3% of Michigan students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 62% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 65% of jobs in Michigan will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 36% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 29% skills gap. Higher standards are essential to helping close this gap.

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Massachusetts

State Education Standards

Massachusetts adopted the Massachusetts Curriculum Standards.

State Assessment

Massachusetts adopted the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System 2.0 (MCAS 2.0) which was administered for the first time across all districts in grades 3-10 during 2016-2017 school year.

Reading and Math Proficiency

Massachusetts had a 2-point discrepancy between state reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading and a 3-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 87.5% of Massachusetts students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

In 2014, 36% of Massachusetts students in either a two-year or four-year college were placed remedial courses for the first time.

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 38.2% of Massachusetts students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 58.3% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 70% of jobs in Massachusetts will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 53% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 17% skills gap.

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Maryland

State Education Standards

Maryland adopted College and Career Ready Standards in 2010. They were implemented in all schools by the 2013-14 school year.

State Assessment

Maryland is a member of the PARCC consortium. Since the 2014-2015 school year, Maryland has administered the parcc test to students in grades 3–8 and grade 11 in English language arts and math.

Reading and Math Proficiency

Maryland showed a 5-point discrepancy between state reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 18-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 87.6% of Maryland students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

In 2013, 35% of students entering four-year colleges and 63% of students entering two-year colleges required a remedial course.

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 39.9% of Maryland students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 60.8% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 67% of jobs in Maryland will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 45% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 22% skills gap.

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Maine

State Education Standards

Maine adopted the Maine Common Core Standards.

State Assessment

Maine administers the Maine Educational Assessment in grades 3-8 and the SAT in high school.

Reading and Math Proficiency

Maine showed a 16-point discrepancy between state reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and no discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 87% of Maine students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

In 2014, 49% of Maine students in two-year college were placed remedial courses for the first time.

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 28.3% of Maine students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 47.8% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 62% of jobs in Maine will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 36% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 26% skills gap. Higher standards are essential to helping close this gap.

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Louisiana

State Education Standards

Louisiana adopted the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Standards.

State Assessment

Louisiana administered the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) assessment for the first time during the 2015 school year. The LEAP test assesses student learning in grades 3-8 in English language arts and math. High school students take End of Course exams.

Reading and Math Proficiency

Louisiana showed a 14-point discrepancy between state-reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 12-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 78.6% of Louisiana students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

In 2014, 23% of all Louisiana students at either a two-year or four-year college were placed in remedial courses.

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 20.2% of Louisiana students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 44.7% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 53% of jobs in Louisiana will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 28% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 25% skills gap.

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Kentucky

State Education Standards

Kentucky adopted the Kentucky Core Academic Standards in 2010. The standards were implemented in all schools by the 2012-13 school year.

State Assessment

Kentucky developed the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP). Student began taking the K-PREP in grades 3–8 in English language arts language arts and math in 2012.

Reading and Math Proficiency

Kentucky showed an 10-point discrepancy between state reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 21-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 88.6% of Kentucky students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

In 2014, 36% of Kentucky students in either a two-year or four-year college were placed remedial courses for the first time.

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 24.2% of Kentucky students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 48.9% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 57% of jobs in Kentucky will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 32% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 25% skills gap.

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Kansas

State Education Standards

Kansas adopted the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards in 2010. The standards were implemented by the 2013-14 school year.

State Assessment

In 2013 the state commissioned the University of Kansas to develop the Kansas Assessment Program (KAP). The KAP is administered to students in grades 3-8 and grade 10 in English language arts language arts and math.

Reading and Math Proficiency

Kansas showed a 14-point discrepancy between state reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 8-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 85.7% of Kansas students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

In 2014, 39% of Kansas students in a two-year college were placed remedial courses for the first time, 14% of students in four-year college were placed in remedial courses for the first time.

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 27.6% of Kansas students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 54.6% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 66% of jobs in Kansas will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 41% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 25% skills gap.

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Iowa

State Education Standards

Iowa adopted the Iowa Core Standards in 2010. The standards were implemented by the 2012-13 school year.

State Assessment

In the 2016-17 school year students in grades 3-8 and grade11 took a revised Iowa Assessments that were aligned to the Iowa Core Standards. Iowa released an RFP in 2017 to develop and administer a new assessment in English language arts, math and science for the 2017-2018 school year. Iowa selected the American Institutes of Research to administer the test however that decision is being challenged.

Reading and Math Proficiency

Iowa showed a 37-point discrepancy between state reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 39-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 91.3% of Iowa students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

In 2014, 14% of Iowa undergraduate students at a four-year college were placed in remedial courses.

College Completion Rates

Not Available

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 64% of jobs in Iowa will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 46% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 18% skills gap.

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Illinois

State Education Standards

Illinois adopted the new Illinois Learning Standards in 2010. The standards were implemented in all schools by the 2013-14 school year.

State Assessment

Illinois is a member of PARCC. Illinois administers the PARCC test in grades 3-8 and the SAT in high school.

Reading and Math Proficiency

Illinois showed a 2-point discrepancy between state-reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 5-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 85.5% of Illinois students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

N/A data not available

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 40% of Illinois students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 61.8% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 67% of jobs in Illinois will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 43% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 24% skills gap.

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Indiana

State Education Standards

Indiana adopted the Indiana Academic Standards in 2014. These standards were implemented in schools for the 2014-2015 school year.

State Assessment

In spring 2015, students in grades 3-8 and selected high school courses took a revised Indiana Statewide Testing for Education Progress (ISTEP+) in English language arts and math. Newly developed aligned tests will be implemented beginning in 2016.

Reading and Math Proficiency

For the 2014-15 school year, Indiana showed a 46-point discrepancy between state reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 42-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

College Remediation Rates

In 2013, 24% of students entering four-year colleges and 75% of students entering two-year colleges required a remedial course.

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, only 39% of Indiana four-year bachelor seeking college students graduated within six years.

According to 2013 data, only 14% of Indiana students at two-year colleges graduated within three years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 58% of jobs in Indiana will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 36% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 22% skills gap.

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Idaho

State Education Standards

Idaho adopted the Idaho Core Standards in 2011. The standards were implemented in all schools by the 2013-14 school year.

State Assessment

Idaho is a member of the Smarter Balanced consortium. Since the 2014-2015 school year, Idaho administers the Smarter Balanced test in grades 3−8 and grade 11 in English language arts and math.

Reading and Math Proficiency

Idaho showed a 12-point discrepancy between state-reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 5-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 79.7% of Idaho students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

In 2014, 41% of Idaho students entering either a two-year or four-year college required a remedial course.

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 15.7% of Idaho students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 41.4% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 63% of jobs in Idaho will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 34% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 29% skills gap.

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Hawaii

State Education Standards

Hawaii adopted the Hawaii Common Core Standards in 2010. They were implemented by the 2013-14 school year.

State Assessment

Hawaii is a member of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. Since the 2014-2015 school year, students in grades 3−8 and grade 11 take the Smarter Balanced exam in English language arts and math.

Reading and Math Proficiency

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2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 82.7% of Hawaii students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

20% of students entering a four year institution need remediation in math and 7% need remediation in English. 44% of students entering a two year institution need remediation in English and 52% need remediation in math.

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 16.3% of Hawaii students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 51.8% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 68% of jobs in Hawaii will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 41% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 27% skills gap.

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Georgia

State Education Standards

Georgia adopted the Georgia Standards of Excellence.

State Assessment

Georgia administers to Georgia Milestones Assessment System which assesses reading and math in grades 3-8 and selected courses in high school.

Reading and Math Proficiency

Georgia showed a 60-point discrepancy between state reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 53-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 79.4% of Georgia students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

In 2014, 16% of Georgia students in either a two-year or four-year college were placed remedial courses for the first time.

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 27.6% of Georgia students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 54.5% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 61% of jobs in Georgia will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 34% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 27% skills gap.

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Florida

State Education Standards

Florida adopted the Mathematics Florida Standards and Language Arts Florida Standards.

State Assessment

In the 2016-17 school year, students took the Florida Standards Assessments in English language arts and math which replaced the FCAT 2.0 exam.

Reading and Math Proficiency

Florida showed a 10-point discrepancy between state reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 6-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduate Rate

In 2016, 80.7% of Florida students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

N/A Data not available

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data,40.8% of Florida students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 63.4% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 63% of jobs in Florida will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 35% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 28% skills gap.

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District of Columbia

State Education Standards

“The District of Columbia adopted the D.C Common Core State Standards.”

State Assessment

The District of Columbia is a member of the PARCC consortium. D.C. administers the PARCC test in grades 3-8 and grade 11.

Reading and Math Proficiency

The District of Columbia showed a 6-point discrepancy between state reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 2-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 69.2% of District of Columbia students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

Approximately 65% of students entering two year institution need remediation in math and 48% of students need remediation in English.

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 5.7% of District Columbia students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 16.4% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

Not Available

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Delaware

State Education Standards

Delaware adopted the Common Core State Standards.

State Assessment

Delaware is a member of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. Delaware administers the Smarter Balanced exam in grades 3-8 and the SAT for grade 11.

Reading and Math Proficiency

Delaware showed a 17-point discrepancy between state-reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 8-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 85.5% of Delaware students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

In 2014, 53% of Delaware students entering either a two-year or four-year college required a remedial course.

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 59.3% of Delaware students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 73.6% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 61% of jobs in Delaware will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 36% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 25% skills gap.

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Connecticut

State Education Standards

Connecticut adopted the Connecticut Common Core Standards.

State Assessment

Connecticut is a member of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. Connecticut administers the Smarter Balanced exam in grades 3-8 and the SAT for grade 11.

Reading and Math Proficiency

Connecticut showed a 11-point discrepancy between state-reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 6-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 87.4% of Connecticut students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

In Connecticut, 21% of students entering a four year institution required remediation in math or English language arts. Approximately 47% of students entering a two year institution required remediation in English and 52% in math.

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 40.8% of Connecticut students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 63.4% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 67% of jobs in Connecticut will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 46% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 21% skills gap.

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Colorado

State Education Standards

Colorado adopted the Colorado Academic Standards.

State Assessment

Colorado administers the Colorado Measures of Academic Success for grades 3-8 and the SAT for grade 11.

Reading and Math Proficiency

Colorado showed a 5-point discrepancy between state-reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 16-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 78.9% of Colorado students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

In 2015, 35% of Colorado students entering either a two-year or four-year college required a remedial course.

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 30.3% of Colorado students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 53.6% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 70% of jobs in Colorado will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 41% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 29% skills gap.

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California

State Education Standards

California adopted the Common Core State Standards in 2010. They were fully implemented by the 2014-15 school year.

State Assessment

California is a governing member of the Smarter Balanced consortium. Students in grades 3−8 and 11 took these tests for the first time in the 2014-15 school year.

Reading and Math Proficiency

California showed a 17-point discrepancy between state reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 9-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 83% of California students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

N/A data not available

College Completion Rates

Not Available

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 67% of jobs in California will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 36% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 31% skills gap.

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Arkansas

State Education Standards

Arkansas adopted the Common Core State Standards in 2010. The standards were implemented by the 2013-14 school year.

State Assessment

In 2015 the Arkansas State Board of Education adopted the ACT Aspire for English language arts and Math in grades 3-8 and high school. This test was administered for the first time during the 2015-2016 school year.

Reading and Math Proficiency

Arkansas showed a 16-point discrepancy between state reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 18-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 87% of Arkansas students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

In 2015, 41% of Arkansas students in either a two-year or four-year college were placed remedial courses for the first time.

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 20.6% of Arkansas students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 39.7% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 54% of jobs in Arkansas will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 26% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 28% skills gap. Higher standards are essential to helping close this gap.

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Arizona

State Education Standards

Arizona adopted Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards in 2010. The standards were implemented by the 2013-14 school year.

State Assessment

Since the 2014-2015 school year, Arizona has administered the Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching (AzMERIT). The AzMERIT is given to students in third grade through high school in reading, writing and math.

Reading and Math Proficiency

Arizona showed a 18-point discrepancy between state-reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 7-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 79.5% of Arizona students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

N/A data not available

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 37.2% of Arizona students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 58.4% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 64% of jobs in Arizona will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 31% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 33% skills gap.

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Alaska

State Education Standards

Alaska adopted the Alaska English language arts and mathematics standards in 2012.

State Assessment

Alaska administers the Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools, or PEAKS. The assessment measures students’ understanding of the Alaska English Language Arts & Mathematics standards adopted in 2012. The PEAKS assessment is administered to students in grades 3-9. The test was administered for the first time during the 2016-2017 school year.

Reading and Math Proficiency

Alaska showed a 9-point discrepancy between state reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 8-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 76.1% of Alaska students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

In 2016, 49.8% of Alaska students entering the University of Alaska required a remedial course.

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 10.4% of Alaska students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 30.6% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 62% of jobs in Alaska will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 30% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 32% skills gap.

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Alabama

State Education Standards

Alabama adopted the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards in 2010. By the 2013-14 school year, they were fully implemented.

State Assessment

For the 2017-2018 school year, Alabama will administer the Scantron test in grades 3-8. Alabama will administer the ACT in reading, writing, math and science for grade 11. In 2017, Alabama formed a task force to study the current assessment landscape and develop recommendations for an assessment system to administer in Alabama in the 2018-2019 school year.

Reading and Math Proficiency

Alabama showed a 11-point discrepancy between state reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 17-point discrepancy in eight-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 87.1% of Alabama students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

In 2015, 30.4% of Alabama students in all public state universities required a remedial course.

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 25.9% of Alabama students graduated in 4 years while only 50% of Alabama four-year bachelor seeking college students graduated within 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 58% of jobs in Alabama will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 32% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 26% skills gap.

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Illinois

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Montana

State Education Standards

Montana adopted the Montana Common Core Standards for English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics.

State Assessment

Montana is a member of the Smarter Balanced consortium. Montana administers the Smarter Balanced assessment in grades 3-8 and the ACT in high school.

Reading and Math Proficiency

Montana showed a 13-point discrepancy between state reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading, and a 3-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math.

2016 High School Graduation Rate

In 2016, 85.6% of Montana students in all public high schools graduated in 4 years.

College Remediation Rates

In 2014, 32% of Montana students in either a two-year or four-year college were placed remedial courses for the first time.

College Completion Rates

According to 2013 data, 20.7% of Montana students in 4-year public colleges graduated in 4 years, while 45.6% graduated in 6 years.

Skills Gap on Postsecondary Education

By 2020, 63% of jobs in Montana will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 36% of adults in the state currently have this credential, resulting in a 27% skills gap.

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