NAEP Math 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 data below pertains to students enrolled in public schools.

Trends Over Time

The average scores for students in both JCPS and other public school districts in Kentucky have remained fairly constant since 2012. JCPS scores are typically 5 to 10 points below the statewide average. According to the NAEP, the average JCPS score is above the basic level but below proficiency. The math exam given to 4th graders is out of 500 points.

Differences Based on Race

White students in JCPS usually perform at the same level as their Kentucky peers. Both within JCPS and across Kentucky, Black students continue to lag behind their peers. As of 2017, Black students in Kentucky are performing slightly better than their JCPS peers.


Differences Based on Sex

LSince 2009, males and females attending JCPS schools have received lower NAEP math scores than their public school Kentucky counterparts. Within JCPS, males slightly outperform females.

Differences Based on Free or Reduced Lunch Status

Publics school students from families with higher incomes receive higher NEAP math scores than their counterparts eligible for free or reduced lunch. JCPS and KY students not on free or reduced lunch receive about the same NAEP math schores. JCPS students qualifying for free or reduced lunch are 8 points behind their KY counterparts.