Nationally, 38% of White males scored at or above proficient on the NAEP assessment in reading, as did 17% of Latino males and 12% of Black males.

Among 36 states reporting reading data for Black males, New Jersey ranked first in the percentage of Black males achieving proficiency (20%), though the disparity between Black and White males in the state was 28 percentage points. Mississippi had the lowest percentage of Black males performing at or above proficient in reading (5%). The gap between White and Black males within Mississippi was 21 percentage points. The District of Columbia had the largest gap between Black and White male proficiency rates in reading, 62 percentage points. Only 7% of Black males performed at or above proficient in reading as compared to 69% of White males.

NAEP 2013, Grade 8 Reading, Percentages at or Above Proficient

Sorted by black male proficiency

Proficiency levels below the national averages and gaps above the national averages are shown in red.

  PERCENT AT OR ABOVE PROFICIENT GAP
State Black Latino White Black/White Latino/White
State Black Latino White Black/White Latino/White
California 9.90% 14.70% 40.40% 30.50% 25.70%
Louisiana 9.30% 0% 29.20% 19.90% 0%
Arizona 9.30% 13.30% 37.80% 28.50% 24.50%
Alabama 9.20% 0% 26.60% 17.40% 0%
Indiana 8.80% 18.20% 33.50% 24.70% 15.30%
South Carolina 8.10% 20.40% 31.60% 23.50% 11.20%
Michigan 7.70% 18.40% 31.60% 23.90% 13.20%
District of Columbia 7.40% 15.00% 69.10% 61.70% 54.10%
Arkansas 7.30% 22.00% 31.50% 24.20% 9.50%
Wisconsin 6.70% 20.50% 32.30% 25.60% 11.80%
Mississippi 5.10% 0% 26.20% 21.10% 0%
New Jersey 19.60% 30.90% 47.50% 27.90% 16.60%
West Virginia 18.70% 0% 19.70% 1.00% 0%
Maryland 17.80% 27.90% 48.50% 30.70% 20.60%
Massachusetts 17.00% 16.60% 51.90% 34.90% 35.30%
Connecticut 15.50% 21.10% 47.90% 32.40% 26.80%
Delaware 15.30% 22.10% 35.80% 20.50% 13.70%
Nevada 13.90% 14.60% 35.20% 21.30% 20.60%
Ohio 13.80% 22.20% 38.00% 24.20% 15.80%
Minnesota 13.70% 18.40% 38.40% 24.70% 20.00%
Texas 13.50% 16.70% 42.60% 29.10% 25.90%
New York 13.30% 14.40% 40.20% 26.90% 25.80%
Georgia 13.20% 22.80% 34.50% 21.30% 11.70%
Pennsylvania 12.80% 17.40% 45.20% 32.40% 27.80%
Tennessee 12.70% 30.70% 34.40% 21.70% 3.70%
Florida 12.00% 22.10% 35.80% 23.80% 13.70%
United States 12% 17% 38% 26% 21%
Illinois 11.30% 21.90% 40.40% 29.10% 18.50%
Kentucky 11.30% 35.90% 37.00% 25.70% 1.10%
Nebraska 11.10% 15.50% 37.10% 26.00% 21.60%
Kansas 11.10% 16.00% 37.30% 26.20% 21.30%
Rhode Island 11.10% 13.60% 37.70% 26.60% 24.10%
North Carolina 11.10% 21.00% 33.80% 22.70% 12.80%
Virginia 10.90% 21.80% 39.40% 28.50% 17.60%
Missouri 10.40% 0% 35.10% 24.70% 0%
Oklahoma 10.20% 16.30% 29.80% 19.60% 13.50%
Iowa 10.00% 21.80% 33.30% 23.30% 11.50%
Utah 0% 21.10% 38.00% 0% 16.90%
Washington 0% 18.80% 43.50% 0% 24.70%
Colorado 0% 18.10% 43.20% 0% 25.10%
Alaska 0% 21.50% 35.60% 0% 14.10%
Wyoming 0% 20.00% 32.40% 0% 12.40%
Maine 0% 0% 31.20% 0% 0%
South Dakota 0% 0% 32.00% 0% 0%
Oregon 0% 15.60% 36.20% 0% 20.60%
Hawaii 0% 19.00% 38.20% 0% 19.20%
North Dakota 0% 0% 30.10% 0% 0%
Montana 0% 0% 38.60% 0% 0%
New Mexico 0% 14.70% 34.20% 0% 19.50%
Idaho 0% 13.40% 36.60% 0% 23.20%
New Hampshire 0% 0% 38.30% 0% 0%
Vermont 0% 0% 38.70% 0% 0%