8th Grade Achievement

About this Indicator

The percentage of students in grade 8 scoring at or above proficiency on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) provides a measure of whether students enter high school with foundational skills and knowledge in such areas as math, reading, and science. Eighth grade academic achievement has been found to be a highly significant predictor of college readiness among 12th grade students.[1]

Data Source

National Center for Education Statistics. National assessment of educational progress.

Note. State-level estimates for NAEP Science were not available for 2005-2008 and 2017-2022.


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[1] American College Testing. (2008). The forgotten middle. Retrieved from https://www.act.org/content/dam/act/unsecured/documents/ForgottenMiddle.pdf