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The Nation's Report Card:
Mathematics 2007 Performance of Public School Students in Puerto Rico—Focus on the Content Areas

Para Espanol

December 2008

Authors: Gloria S. Dion, Ming Kuang, and Amy R. Dresher

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Executive Summary

In 2007, public school students in Puerto Rico at grades 4 and 8 participated in a Spanish-language version of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in mathematics. A representative sample of approximately 2,800 students from 100 public schools was assessed at each grade.

This report contains performance results on NAEP mathematics questions for public school students in Puerto Rico and the nation. Results are presented as the average scores for the correct answers (see box below)–expressed as decimals ranging from 0.00 to 1.00–for all the questions in the NAEP mathematics assessment and for questions in each of the five mathematics content areas (as shown in figures A and B).

At grade 4

  • The average of the question scores for students in Puerto Rico was lower than the score for students in the nation overall and within each content area.
  • There was no statistically significant difference in performance between male and female students in Puerto Rico overall and in each content area.

At grade 8

  • The overall average of the question scores for students in Puerto Rico was lower than the score for students in the nation. Results were similar for each content area.
  • While there was no significant difference between the performance of male and female students in Puerto Rico overall, male students had a higher score than female students in the measurement content area, and female students had a higher score than their male peers in the data analysis and probability content area.

Figure A.  Average of the question scores in NAEP mathematics at grade 4, by content area: 2007

Figure A. Average of the question scores in NAEP mathematics at grade 4, by content area: 2007. Overall: Puerto Rico 0.26, Nation 0.55; Number properties and operations: Puerto Rico 0.23, Nation 0.53; Measurement: Puerto Rico 0.26, Nation 0.53; Geometry: Puerto Rico 0.39, Nation 0.61; Data analysis and probability: Puerto Rico 0.21, Nation: 0.58; Algebra: Puerto Rico 0.25, Nation 0.54.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2007 Mathematics Assessment.

Figure B.  Average of the question scores in NAEP mathematics at grade 8, by content area: 2007

Figure B. Average of the question scores in NAEP mathematics at grade 8, by content area: 2007. Overall: Puerto Rico 0.25, Nation 0.51; Number properties and operations: Puerto Rico 0.28, Nation 0.56; Measurement: Puerto Rico 0.23, Nation 0.49; Geometry: Puerto Rico 0.24, Nation 0.48; Data analysis and probability: Puerto Rico 0.24, Nation: 0.51; Algebra: Puerto Rico 0.23, Nation 0.50.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2007 Mathematics Assessment.

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Download sections of the report (or the complete report) in a PDF file for viewing and printing:

  • PDF PDF 1 of 4 contains:
    Contents
    Executive Summary
    The Mathematics Assessment
    Reporting Student Results
    Overall Results
    Number Properties and Operation
    -also includes front matter
    (977K PDF)

  • PDF PDF 2 of 4 contains:
    Measurement
    Geometry
    (911K PDF)


NCES 2009-451 Ordering information

Suggested Citation
Dion, G.S., Kuang, M., Dresher, A.R. (2008). The Nation’s Report Card: Mathematics 2007 Performance of Public School Students in Puerto Rico—Focus on the Content Areas (NCES 2009–451). National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C.

For more information, see the results of the 2007 Mathematics Performance in Puerto Rico on the Nation's Report Card website.

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Last updated 10 December 2008 (RF)

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