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Graduates in rigorous algebra I and geometry courses scored higher on NAEP.


Graduates in rigorous algebra I courses performed better on NAEP than graduates in beginner algebra I courses.

  • Graduates who took rigorous algebra I courses obtained higher NAEP algebra scores (146) than graduates who took beginner algebra I courses (137) (figure 7).

FIGURE 7. Average NAEP Mathematics score of graduates in algebra I, by course level: 2005

Image of Figure 7, click on accessible link below to see data in tabular format.

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*Significantly different (p > .05) from honors.
NOTE: Details may not sum to total because of rounding and the use of integrated mathematics textbooks in nonintegrated mathematics courses. "Two-year" algebra I is a course that is completed in two years.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education
Statistics, High School Transcript Study (HSTS), Mathematics Curriculum Study, 2005.

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Graduates in rigorous geometry courses also performed better on NAEP.

  • Graduates who took rigorous geometry courses obtained higher NAEP geometry scores (159) than graduates who took beginner (148) or intermediate (152) courses (figure 8).
FIGURE 8. Average NAEP Mathematics score of graduates in geometry, by course level: 2005 

Image of Figure 8, click on accessible link below to see data in tabular format.

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*Significantly different (p > .05) from honors.
NOTE: Details may not sum to total because of rounding and the use of integrated mathematics textbooks in nonintegrated mathematics courses. "Two-year" algebra I is a course that is completed in two years.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, High School Transcript Study (HSTS), Mathematics Curriculum Study, 2005.
 

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Last updated 11 March 2013 (MS)
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