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Smartest kids graphic: How Michigan and Tennessee compare on NAEP


Michigan vs Tennessee

Michigan and Tennessee are on vastly different trajectories. A series of reforms has produced huge gains for the previously struggling Volunteer State, while scores for Michigan students have remained relatively flat. Tennessee has zoomed past Michigan in the 4th-grade NAEP exam, and is neck-and-neck in 8th-grade results.

 

4th grade math

8th grade math

All students All students
Poor* students Poor students
Not poor Not poor
Black students Black students
White students White students

4th grade reading

8th grade reading

All students All students
Poor* students Poor students
Not poor Not poor
Black students Black students
White students White students

Source: National Assessment of Educational Progress.

* Note: Poor are those students eligible for a free or reduced lunch.

Data compiled by Mike Wilkinson

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