Question:

How are American students performing in mathematics?

Response:

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) assesses student performance in mathematics. NAEP mathematics scores range from 0 to 500 for grades 4 and 8.
In 2013, the average NAEP mathematics scores for 4th-grade and 8th-grade students were higher than the average scores in all previous assessment years. From 1990 to 2013, the average 4th-grade NAEP 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. Twelfth-graders were most recently assessed in 2009; in that year, the average 12th-grade mathematics score was 3 points higher than in 2005, the first year that the revised assessment was administered.

*Average mathematics scale scores of 4th- and 8th-grade students: Selected years, 1990–2013
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NOTE:** 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. (2014). *The Condition of Education 2014* (NCES 2014-083),
Mathematics Performance.

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

- 2014, Digest of Education Statistics 2013, Table 222.10. Average National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics scale score, by grade and selected student and school characteristics: Selected years, 1990 through 2013
- 2014, Digest of Education Statistics 2013, 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
- 2014, Digest of Education Statistics 2013, Table 222.50. Average National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics scale score of 4th-grade public school students and percentage attaining mathematics achievement levels, by state: Selected years, 1992 through 2013
- 2014, Digest of Education Statistics 2013, Table 222.60. Average National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics scale score of 8th-grade public school students and percentage attaining mathematics achievement levels, by state: Selected years, 1990 through 2013
- 2014, Digest of Education Statistics 2013, Table 222.80. Average National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics scale scores of 4th- and 8th-grade public school students and % attaining achievement levels, by race/ethnicity and jurisdiction or specific urban district: 2009, 2011, and 2013
- 2013, The Condition of Education 2013: Reading and Mathematics Score Trends
- 2012, The Condition of Education 2012: Mathematics Performance
- 2011, The Condition of Education 2011: International Mathematics and Science Literacy
- 2011, The Condition of Education 2011: Mathematics Achievement Gaps
- 2011, The Condition of Education 2011: Mathematics Performance
- 2010, The Condition of Education 2010: Reading and Mathematics Score Trends
- 2009, The Condition of Education 2009: International Trends in Mathematics Performance

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

- 2014, Early Childhood Longitudinal Study (ECLS): ECLS includes three longitudinal studies that examine child development, school readiness, and early school experiences.
- 2014, NAEP Mathematics 2013 Grade 12 State Snapshot Reports
- 2014, 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.
- 2014, The Nation's Report Card: 2013 Mathematics and Reading Grade 12 Assessments
- 2014, 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.

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