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Table 131. Average mathematics scale scores of 4th-, 8th-, and 12th-graders, by selected student and parent characteristics and school type: 2000, 2003, and 2005
Year, grade, and school type All students Sex of child Race/ethnicity of child Highest education level of parents
Male Female White Black Hispanic Asian/
Pacific Islander
American Indian/
Alaska Native
Less than
high school
Graduated
from high school
Some education after high school Graduated from college Unknown
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
2000                                                              
4th-graders                                                              
Public 224 (1.0) 225 (1.1) 223 (1.1) 233 (0.9) 203   (1.2) 207 (1.5)   (†) 207 ! (3.7) (†)   (†)   (†) (†) (†)
Private, total1  238 (—) 239 (—) 236 (—) 241 (—) 213   (—) 220 (—)   (†)   (†) (†)   (†)   (†) (†) (†)
Catholic 237 (1.2) 239 (1.5) 235 (1.1) 241 (0.8) 210   (4.9) 217 (3.4)   (†)   (†) (†)   (†)   (†) (†) (†)
Lutheran 241 (—) 243 (—) 239 (—) 242 (—)   (†) (†)   (†)   (†) (†)   (†)   (†) (†) (†)
Conservative Christian 234 (—) 236 (—) 232 (—) 238 (—) 211 ! (—) (†)   (†)   (†) (†)   (†)   (†) (†) (†)
                                                               
8th-graders                                                              
Public 272 (0.9) 273 (1.0) 271 (1.0) 283 (0.9) 243   (1.3) 252 (1.4) 288   (3.9) 263 ! (6.9) 253 (1.4) 260   (1.1) 277   (1.1) 285 (1.2) 253 (1.4)
Private, total1  286 (—) 288 (—) 285 (—) 291 (—) 258   (—) 273 (—) 300   (—)   (†) 264 (—) 273   (—) 281   (—) 292 (—) 272 (—)
Catholic 284 (1.5) 285 (1.4) 282 (2.0) 289 (1.4) 254   (2.8) 271 (2.5) 296   (2.2)   (†) (†) 271   (2.3) 279   (2.3) 289 (1.4) 276 (3.0)
Lutheran 292 (—) 295 (—) 288 (—) 295 (—) 264 ! (—) (†)   (†)   (†) (†) 276   (—) 290 ! (—) 296 (—) (†)
Conservative Christian (†) (†) (†) (†)   (†) (†)   (†)   (†) (†)   (†)   (†) (†) (†)
                                                               
12th-graders                                                              
Public 299 (1.1) 301 (1.3) 297 (1.1) 306 (1.2) 272   (2.1) 281 (2.1) 314   (4.4) 293 ! (5.2) 278 (1.7) 286   (1.3) 298   (1.3) 311 (1.5) 273 (2.6)
Private, total1  315 (—) 316 (—) 314 (—) 317 (—) 292   (—) 300 (—) 328   (—)   (†) 281 (—) 298   (—) 309   (—) 321 (—) 295 (—)
Catholic 314 (1.4) 315 (1.6) 313 (1.7) 317 (1.3) 290   (3.5) 299 (3.1) 326 ! (4.7)   (†) (†) 300   (1.7) 308   (1.7) 320 (1.3) (†)
Lutheran 312 (2.4) 315 (2.9) 310 (2.3) 317 (2.4) 288   (2.9) (†)   (†)   (†) (†) 304   (—) 309   (—) 316 (—) (†)
Conservative Christian 310 (2.0) 313 (2.8) 307 (1.9) 312 (2.0)   (†) (†)   (†)   (†) (†) 294 ! (—) 309   (—) 315 (—) (†)
2003                                                              
4th-graders                                                              
Public 234 (0.2) 235 (0.3) 233 (0.2) 243 (0.2) 216   (0.4) 221 (0.4) 246   (1.2) 224   (1.1) (†)   (†)   (†) (†) (†)
Private, total2  244 (0.7) 247 (0.8) 242 (0.8) 248 (0.7) 221   (1.7) 231 (1.7) 249   (2.6)   (†) (†)   (†)   (†) (†) (†)
Catholic 244 (0.8) 246 (0.9) 241 (1.1) 248 (0.7) 222   (2.9) 229 (2.0) 242   (2.8)   (†) (†)   (†)   (†) (†) (†)
Lutheran 245 (1.5) 249 (2.0) 242 (1.7) 248 (1.4) 227   (4.0) (†)   (†)   (†) (†)   (†)   (†) (†) (†)
Conservative Christian (†) (†) (†) (†)   (†) (†)   (†)   (†) (†)   (†)   (†) (†) (†)
                                                               
8th-graders                                                              
Public 276 (0.3) 277 (0.3) 275 (0.3) 287 (0.3) 252   (0.5) 258 (0.6) 289   (1.3) 265   (1.2) 256 (0.6) 267   (0.4) 280   (0.4) 287 (0.4) 258 (0.5)
Private, total2  292 (1.2) 293 (1.3) 290 (1.3) 297 (1.1) 260   (2.4) 274 (2.4) 303   (2.7)   (†) 270 (4.5) 277   (2.0) 285   (1.4) 297 (1.1) 269 (3.1)
Catholic 290 (1.4) 292 (1.7) 288 (1.5) 296 (1.4) 260   (3.0) 272 (2.9) 299   (3.7)   (†) (†) 276   (2.3) 286   (1.7) 294 (1.5) 270 (3.1)
Lutheran 296 (1.6) 298 (2.1) 295 (1.9) 300 (1.7)   (†) (†)   (†)   (†) (†) 288   (4.3) 290   (3.0) 301 (1.8) (†)
Conservative Christian 286 (2.6) 289 (3.2) 284 (3.4) 293 (2.2) 254   (7.2) (†)   (†)   (†) (†) 280   (4.0) 280   (6.5) 291 (2.8) (†)
2005                                                              
4th-graders                                                              
Public 237 (0.2) 238 (0.2) 236 (0.2) 246 (0.2) 220   (0.3) 225 (0.3) 251   (0.7) 227   (1.0) (†)   (†)   (†) (†) (†)
Private, total2  (†) (†) (†) (†)   (†) (†)   (†)   (†) (†)   (†)   (†) (†) (†)
Catholic 244 (0.7) 245 (1.0) 242 (0.8) 248 (0.7) 222   (2.0) 233 (2.2) 244   (4.1)   (†) (†)   (†)   (†) (†) (†)
Lutheran 246 (1.3) 250 (1.6) 241 (1.8) 249 (1.3)   (†) (†)   (†)   (†) (†)   (†)   (†) (†) (†)
Conservative Christian (†) (†) (†) (†)   (†) (†)   (†)   (†) (†)   (†)   (†) (†) (†)
                                                               
8th-graders                                                              
Public 278 (0.2) 278 (0.2) 277 (0.2) 288 (0.2) 254   (0.4) 261 (0.4) 295   (1.0) 266   (1.0) 259 (0.5) 267   (0.3) 280   (0.3) 289 (0.3) 260 (0.4)
Private, total2  (†) (†) (†) (†)   (†) (†)   (†)   (†) (†)   (†)   (†) (†) (†)
Catholic 290 (1.2) 292 (1.3) 288 (1.4) 297 (1.2) 261   (2.6) 276 (2.3) 299   (4.0)   (†) (†) 276   (2.4) 283   (1.6) 296 (1.3) 269 (3.2)
Lutheran 293 (2.3) 296 (2.4) 291 (2.7) 297 (1.9) 263   (6.6) (†)   (†)   (†) (†) 285   (5.8) 289   (4.5) 298 (2.0) (†)
Conservative Christian (†) (†) (†) (†)   (†) (†)   (†)   (†) (†)   (†)   (†) (†) (†)
— Not available.
† Not applicable.
! Interpret data with caution.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
1 The 2000 private school totals include data for two categories of schools (nonsectarian and other religious) that are not shown separately.
2 The 2003 and 2005 private school totals include data for one school category (other private) that is not shown separately.
NOTE: The NAEP mathematics scale ranges from 0 to 500. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Standard errors appear in parentheses.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), Student Achievement in Private Schools: Results From NAEP 2000–2005, and the NAEP Data Explorer (http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/nde/), retrieved August 2006. (This table was prepared August 2006.)
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