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The Nation's Report Card:
Mathematics 2005 Performance in Puerto Rico—
Focus on the Content

 Para Espanol

March 2007

Authors: Gloria S. Dion, Jeff G. Haberstroh, and Amy R. Dresher

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Executive Summary

In 2005, public school students in Puerto Rico at grades 4 and 8 participated in a Spanish-language version of the National Assessment of Educational Progress in mathematics for the second time. Approximately 3,000 students in 100 public schools were assessed at each grade. Puerto Rico also participated in NAEP in 2003, but because changes were implemented for the 2005 administration, results for the two years cannot be compared.

Performance is summarized across the entire NAEP mathematics assessment and for five content areas on a 0–500 scale. Average scores for students in Puerto Rico at grades 4 and 8 for 2005 are presented in figures 1 and 2. Averages for public school students in the nation (excluding Puerto Rico) are shown for comparison. Because the scales were developed separately for each content area within each grade, direct comparisons should not be made between the average scores for the content areas. Question-level results presented in the report provide specific examples of student performance within each of the five areas. For each sample question, the percentage of correct responses is reported for Puerto Rico and the nation.

At grade 4, students in Puerto Rico scored lower, on average, than students in the nation overall and within each content area. There was no significant difference between the performance of male and female students in Puerto Rico overall. Female students in Puerto Rico scored higher than male students in geometry, but there was no difference between the performance of male and female students in the other content areas.

Students in Puerto Rico also scored lower at grade 8 than students in the nation overall and within each content area. There was no significant difference between the performance of male and female students in Puerto Rico overall. Female students in Puerto Rico scored higher than male students in the data analysis and probability content area, but there was no difference between the performance of male and female students in the other content areas.

Figure 1.  Average fourth-grade NAEP mathematics scores in 2005, by content area

Bar graph of average fourth-grade NAEP mathematics scores in 2005, by content area for Puerto Rico and the nation, respectively: overall scores were 183 and 237; number properties and operations were 175 and 235; measurement were 181 and 236; geometry were 197 and 236; data analysis and probability were 188 and 241; and algebra were 191 and 243.

Figure 2.  Average eighth-grade NAEP mathematics scores in 2005, by content area

Bar graph of average eighth-grade NAEP mathematics scores in 2005, by content area for Puerto Rico and the nation, respectively: overall scores were 218 and 278; number properties and operations were 218 and 276; measurement were 198 and 274; geometry were 225 and 275; data analysis and probability were 224 and 280; and algebra were 222 and 281.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2005 Mathematics Assessment.

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NCES 2007-460 Ordering information

Suggested Citation
Dion, G.S., Haberstroh, J.G.,Dresher, A.R. (2007).The Nation’s Report Card: Mathematics 2005 Performance in Puerto Rico—Focus on the Content Areas (NCES 2007–460). U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office.

For more information, see the results of the 2005 Mathematics Performance in Puerto Rico on the Nation's Report Card website.

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Last updated 22 March 2007 (RF)

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