A new study (introduced here) maps each state's 2005 and 2007 proficiency standards to NAEP scale scores. That gives us a helpful, if indirect, way to think about how our standards changed in 2007.
In fourth grade reading, the study shows:
- 206 as the NAEP score identified as equivalent to our "old CATS" proficiency standard.
- 205 as the NAEP score equivalent to our "new CATS proficiency standard.
- 285 as the NAEP score equivalent to "old CATS" proficiency.
- 279 as the NAEP score equivalent to "new CATS" proficiency.
The report also shows Kentucky's 2005 standards to have been quite high in national perspective, with only 21 percent of the included states having higher standards in either subject.