NAEP Reading Scores

The National Association of Educational Progress (NAEP)  administers standardized assessments to students across the United States every two years. The test assesses students’ knowledge and skills in math and reading. NAEP scores are valuable indicators of student performance compared to schools within Kentucky and across the nation. The date below pertain to public school students.

Trends Over Time

The average scores for students in both JCPS and other districts in Kentucky have remained fairly constant since 2012. JCPS students are performing close to the level of KY public school students, a trend not seen in all other metrics.  According to the NAEP, the average JCPS score is above the basic level but below proficiency. The reading exam given to 4th graders is out of 500 points.

Differences Based on Race

Only one point separates the performance of JCPS and KY students for both Hispanics and Blacks, with KY students on top. Black students in JCPS and KY consistently come in last place for NAEP reading scores. Overall,  JCPS students are performing close to the level of KY public school students, a trend similar to the Trends Over Time graph.

Differences Based on Sex

Male and female JCPS students currently have an NAEP reading score of 221, both lying slightly below males in KY public schools. Females in KY public schools have the highest score. Scores for male JCPS students have increased faster than their female JCPS counterparts.

Differences Based on Free or Reduced Lunch Status

Students that qualify for free or reduced lunch continue to obtain lower NAEP reading schools both in JCPS and in KY public schools. JCPS students receiving free and reduced lunch lag behind their state counterparts, with scores of 211 and 215, respectively. Since 2015, JCPS students who are do not qualify for free or reduced lunch have been outperforming their KY public school counterparts, with scores of 242 and 236 respectively.