School Test Scores


Source collected from state education departments by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
File Size 220 MB
Dates Covered 2003-2011 (not all states have data every year)
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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, after releasing its “Cheating Our Children” series in March 2012, provided the NICAR Database Library with school test scores gathered from state education departments.From the AJC: “The data includes state testing data paired in approximate cohorts by school, test subject and grade. An approximate cohort would pair, for example, average third-grade math scores at a school in year 1 with fourth-grade math scores at that school in year 2.”

You can download the data for free; the AJC has included a data use agreement which outlines how you can use the data. Please read all the documentation. You can also download a tip sheet the AJC created to help you with your reporting.

IMPORTANT: If you wish to use the data you must adhere to the guidelines set forth in the AJC data use agreement, included in the download. Notably, any reference to the data in your story must site the source of the data as “Data collected from state education departments by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.”

The AJC team has also made available the analysis fields they created to flag cohorts of particular interest. Those fields are not included in this download; if you’re interested in getting the data with these fields (to be used as a reporting tool only), please call the Database Library at (573) 884-7711 or (573) 882-1982 or email

Record layouts and samples of this database

Tipsheet: Reporting on Cheating (Reporting on Cheating.doc) 31.5 KB
Main documentation (Readme.txt) 2.1 KB
Sample Data (test_sample.xls) 3.8 MB