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Table 155. Average National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) economics scale score of 12th-graders, percentage attaining economics achievement levels, and percentage with different levels of economics coursework, by selected characteristics: 2006
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Selected characteristic Average scale score1 Percent of students attaining achievement levels Percentage distribution of students by highest level of economics coursework taken
Below Basic At or above Basic2 At or above Proficient3 At Advanced4 No eco-nomics courses Combined
course
Consumer economics/
business
General
economics
Advanced
economics5
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
All students 150 (0.9) 21 (0.8) 79 (0.8) 42 (1.1) 3 (0.3) 13 (0.9) 12 (0.7) 11 (0.7) 49 (1.4) 16 (0.7)
Sex                                        
Male 152 (1.0) 21 (0.8) 79 (0.8) 45 (1.3) 4 (0.5) 13 (1.0) 10 (0.6) 10 (0.7) 50 (1.4) 16 (0.8)
Female 148 (0.9) 21 (0.9) 79 (0.9) 38 (1.3) 2 (0.3) 12 (0.9) 13 (0.9) 11 (0.8) 48 (1.6) 15 (0.8)
                                         
Race/ethnicity                                        
White 158 (0.8) 13 (0.7) 87 (0.7) 51 (1.2) 4 (0.4) 15 (1.1) 12 (0.8) 11 (0.8) 49 (1.6) 13 (0.9)
Black 127 (1.2) 43 (1.9) 57 (1.9) 16 (1.3) # (†) 8 (0.8) 11 (0.9) 11 (1.2) 49 (1.7) 21 (1.1)
Hispanic 133 (1.2) 36 (1.6) 64 (1.6) 21 (1.2) # (†) 8 (1.7) 13 (1.1) 7 (0.9) 55 (2.6) 18 (1.2)
Asian/Pacific Islander 153 (3.5) 20 (4.0) 80 (4.0) 44 (4.5) 4 (1.4) 13 (1.8) 10 (1.8) 10 (1.4) 45 (4.1) 22 (1.9)
American Indian/                                        
Alaska Native 137 (4.1) 28 (5.6) 72 (5.6) 26 (4.8) 2 (—) 11 (3.9) 18 (2.7) 17 (3.2) 41 (4.9) 13 (3.1)
                                         
Parents' highest level of
     education
                                       
Not high school graduate 129 (1.4) 41 (2.1) 59 (2.1) 17 (1.7) # (†) 10 (1.7) 13 (1.4) 10 (1.4) 53 (3.2) 14 (1.3)
Graduated high school 138 (1.2) 31 (1.5) 69 (1.5) 27 (1.4) 1 (0.3) 11 (1.2) 12 (1.0) 12 (1.0) 52 (1.7) 13 (0.9)
Some college 150 (0.8) 18 (1.1) 82 (1.1) 39 (1.4) 1 (0.4) 11 (1.0) 13 (0.9) 12 (1.0) 51 (1.9) 14 (1.0)
Graduated college 160 (0.9) 13 (0.8) 87 (0.8) 54 (1.3) 5 (0.6) 14 (1.0) 11 (0.8) 10 (0.7) 47 (1.5) 17 (1.0)
                                         
Free or reduced-price lunch
     eligibility
                                       
Eligible 132 (0.9) 38 (1.1) 62 (1.1) 20 (1.1) 1 (0.2) 9 (0.7) 13 (1.1) 10 (0.9) 50 (1.6) 18 (0.8)
Not eligible 155 (0.9) 16 (0.8) 84 (0.8) 48 (1.2) 4 (0.4) 13 (1.1) 12 (0.8) 12 (0.9) 48 (1.6) 16 (0.9)
Not available 157 (1.9) 14 (1.7) 86 (1.7) 50 (2.8) 4 (1.1) 16 (3.0) 12 (1.6) 7 (1.1) 54 (3.1) 11 (1.4)
                                         
School location                                        
Central city 148 (1.4) 24 (1.3) 76 (1.3) 39 (1.8) 3 (0.7) 10 (1.3) 12 (1.2) 9 (1.0) 51 (2.7) 18 (1.3)
Urban fringe 152 (1.2) 20 (1.1) 80 (1.1) 44 (1.6) 3 (0.5) 14 (1.5) 12 (0.9) 11 (0.9) 47 (1.8) 17 (1.2)
Rural 149 (1.3) 20 (1.5) 80 (1.5) 40 (1.7) 2 (0.4) 12 (1.9) 12 (1.3) 13 (1.3) 51 (2.6) 12 (1.2)
                                         
Region                                        
Northeast 153 (2.0) 19 (1.7) 81 (1.7) 46 (2.6) 4 (0.9) 26 (2.6) 7 (1.1) 11 (1.3) 43 (3.2) 13 (1.4)
Midwest 153 (1.5) 17 (1.4) 83 (1.4) 45 (2.0) 3 (0.6) 12 (2.2) 12 (1.6) 15 (1.5) 51 (2.6) 10 (1.0)
South 147 (1.4) 23 (1.4) 77 (1.4) 37 (1.7) 2 (0.5) 6 (1.1) 14 (1.2) 9 (1.3) 49 (2.0) 22 (1.5)
West (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
—Not available
†Not applicable.
#Rounds to zero.
‡Reporting standards not met. Item response rates fell below the required standards for reporting.
1 Scale ranges from 0 to 300.
2 Basic denotes partial mastery of the knowledge and skills that are fundamental for proficient work at a given grade.
3 Proficient represents solid academic performance. Students reaching this level have demonstrated competency over challenging subject matter.
4 Advanced signifies superior performance for a given grade.
5 Advanced economics includes Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and honors courses.
NOTE: Includes public and private schools. Excludes persons unable to be tested due to limited proficiency in English or due to a disability (if the accommodations provided were not sufficient to enable the test to properly reflect the students' economics proficiency). Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Totals include other racial/ethnic groups not shown separately.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2006 Economics Assessment, retrieved August 23, 2007, from the NAEP Data Explorer (http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/nde/). (This table was prepared August 2007.)
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