Question:

How are American students performing in mathematics?

Response:

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) assesses student performance in mathematics at grades 4, 8, and 12. NAEP mathematics scores range from 0 to 500 for grades 4 and 8. The framework for the 12th-grade mathematics assessment was revised in 2005; as a result, the 2005, 2009, and 2013 results cannot be compared with those from previous years. At grade 12, mathematics scores on the revised assessment range from 0 to 300. In 2013, the average mathematics scores for 4th- and 8th-grade students were higher than the average scores in all previous assessment years. From 1990 to 2013, the average 4th-grade mathematics score increased by 28 points, from 213 to 242. During that same period, the average 8th-grade score increased by 22 points, from 263 to 285. In 2013, the average mathematics score for 12th-grade students (153) was not measurably different from the score in 2009 but was 3 points higher than in 2005 (150), the first year the revised assessment was administered.

*Average mathematics scale scores of 4th- and 8th-grade students: Selected years, 1990–2013
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NOTE:** Includes public and private schools. At grades 4 and 8, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics scale ranges from 0 to 500. Testing accommodations (e.g., extended time, small group testing) for children with disabilities and English language learners were not permitted in 1990 and 1992.

In 2013, some 83 percent of 4th-grade students performed at or above the

**SOURCE:** U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2015). *The Condition of Education 2015* (NCES 2015-144),
Mathematics Performance.

Related Tables and Figures: **(Listed by Release Date)**

- 2015, Digest of Education Statistics 2014,
Table 222.10. Average National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics scale score, by sex, race/ethnicity, and grade: Selected years, 1990 through 2013
- 2015, Digest of Education Statistics 2014, Table 222.12. Average National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics scale score and % of students attaining selected NAEP mathematics achievement levels, by selected school and student characteristics and grade: Selected years, 1990 through 2013
- 2015, Digest of Education Statistics 2014, Table 222.20. Percentage of students at or above selected National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics achievement levels, by grade and selected student characteristics: Selected years, 1996 through 2013
- 2015, Digest of Education Statistics 2014, Table 222.30. Average National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics scale score of 8th-graders with various attitudes toward mathematics and percentage reporting these attitudes, by selected student characteristics: 2013
- 2015, Digest of Education Statistics 2014, Table 222.35. Average National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics scale score of 12th-graders with various attitudes toward mathematics and percentage reporting these attitudes, by selected student characteristics: 2013
- 2014, The Condition of Education 2014: Mathematics Performance
- 2013, The Condition of Education 2013: Reading and Mathematics Score Trends

Other Resources: **(Listed by Release Date)**

- 2015, Early Childhood Longitudinal Study (ECLS): ECLS includes three longitudinal studies that examine child development, school readiness, and early school experiences.
- 2015, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP): This site provides access to publications and data on the reading, mathematics, science, writing, U.S. history, civics, geography, and arts achievement of U.S. students.
- 2015, Trends in the International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS): This site provides access to publications and data on the mathematics and science achievement of U.S. 4th- and 8th-grade students.
- 2014, NAEP Mathematics 2013 Grade 12 State Snapshot Reports
- 2014, Ninth-Graders' Mathematics Coursetaking, Motivations, and Educational Plans
- 2014, The Nation's Report Card: 2013 Mathematics and Reading Grade 12 Assessments

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