Nationwide testing has shown that Nebraskas schools are some of the best in the nation. Students in 4th and 8th grade tested higher than the nations average in every single section of the NAEP test (math, reading, writing, and science). The state has 1,256 schools and the state spends $8,456 on each student for their educational needs. The student per teacher ration was in at around 13 students per teacher. Nebraska has also implanted a classroom assessment system organized in order to help teachers know what students need to spend more time working on. The NAEP scores showed that the percentage of students who could achieve basic or above levels in math and writing were especially high. Fourth grade students tested in at 80% proficiency and 8th grade students tested in at 75% in 2005. Their writing tests showed 87% of 4th graders 88% of 8th graders at or above basic levels.