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Table 162. Average National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics scale score of 8th-graders and percentage reporting various attitudes toward mathematics work, by frequency of attitude and selected student and school characteristics: 2011
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Student or school characteristic Math work is engaging and interesting Math work is challenging Math work is too easy  
Never or hardly ever Sometimes Often Always/ almost always Never or hardly ever Sometimes Often Always/ almost always Never or hardly ever Sometimes Often Always/ almost always  
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13  
  Average scale score1   
All students 280 (0.3) 284 (0.3) 289 (0.3) 286 (0.5) 293 (0.4) 285 (0.3) 283 (0.3) 274 (0.6) 284 (0.4) 283 (0.2) 287 (0.4) 289 (0.7)  
Sex                                                  
Male 281 (0.4) 285 (0.4) 289 (0.5) 287 (0.7) 295 (0.6) 286 (0.4) 284 (0.5) 272 (0.8) 283 (0.6) 283 (0.3) 289 (0.5) 292 (0.8)  
Female 278 (0.4) 283 (0.4) 288 (0.5) 286 (0.6) 290 (0.6) 284 (0.3) 283 (0.4) 276 (0.7) 285 (0.5) 282 (0.3) 285 (0.5) 286 (1.1)  
                                                   
Race/ethnicity                                                  
White 286 (0.3) 294 (0.3) 299 (0.3) 300 (0.7) 300 (0.6) 294 (0.3) 293 (0.3) 285 (0.6) 291 (0.4) 293 (0.2) 297 (0.4) 298 (0.7)  
Black 261 (0.9) 263 (0.6) 265 (0.7) 265 (0.7) 274 (1.1) 265 (0.5) 262 (0.7) 253 (1.0) 262 (0.8) 261 (0.6) 266 (0.6) 270 (1.2)  
Hispanic 267 (0.7) 269 (0.7) 274 (0.7) 274 (1.0) 277 (1.2) 271 (0.6) 270 (0.8) 262 (1.2) 268 (1.2) 269 (0.6) 275 (0.8) 275 (1.8)  
Asian 300 (2.1) 304 (1.5) 309 (1.5) 309 (2.3) 317 (2.6) 306 (1.4) 303 (1.7) 295 (4.1) 312 (2.8) 303 (1.2) 307 (1.7) 312 (3.1)  
Native Hawaiian/
     Pacific Islander
272 (5.8) 267 (3.3) 276 (4.6) 272 (6.0) 268 (11.9) 273 (3.1) 271 (4.4) 257 (6.0) 272 (4.3) 271 (3.1) 268 (4.6) 277 (9.5)  
American Indian/
     Alaska Native
263 (2.1) 267 (2.1) 269 (1.8) 268 (2.8) 275 (3.6) 267 (1.6) 266 (1.6) 260 (3.7) 267 (3.0) 265 (1.3) 267 (2.0) 275 (4.5)  
                                                   
Eligibility for free or
     reduced-price lunch
                                                 
Eligible 266 (0.5) 269 (0.4) 273 (0.4) 271 (0.6) 279 (0.7) 271 (0.4) 268 (0.4) 258 (0.6) 266 (0.6) 268 (0.3) 274 (0.5) 276 (1.1)  
Not eligible 288 (0.4) 296 (0.4) 301 (0.4) 301 (0.6) 303 (0.6) 296 (0.3) 295 (0.4) 289 (0.7) 295 (0.5) 295 (0.3) 299 (0.6) 301 (0.9)  
Unknown 290 (1.5) 296 (1.2) 301 (1.5) 301 (2.2) 305 (1.7) 298 (1.5) 295 (1.3) 286 (2.7) 295 (1.7) 295 (1.1) 300 (1.5) 304 (3.2)  
                                                   
Control of school                                                  
Public 279 (0.3) 283 (0.3) 287 (0.3) 285 (0.5) 292 (0.4) 284 (0.3) 282 (0.3) 273 (0.6) 283 (0.4) 282 (0.2) 286 (0.4) 288 (0.7)  
Private 290 (1.2) 296 (1.0) 301 (1.2) 300 (1.9) 305 (1.6) 298 (1.2) 295 (1.0) 286 (2.1) 295 (1.3) 295 (0.9) 301 (1.3) 304 (2.7)  
  Percent of students  
All students 23 (0.2) 36 (0.2) 27 (0.2) 14 (0.2) 12 (0.2) 46 (0.2) 31 (0.2) 10 (0.1) 17 (0.2) 54 (0.2) 21 (0.2) 8 (0.1)  
Sex                                                  
Male 23 (0.3) 35 (0.3) 28 (0.3) 14 (0.2) 13 (0.2) 46 (0.3) 31 (0.3) 10 (0.2) 15 (0.2) 54 (0.3) 23 (0.3) 9 (0.2)  
Female 23 (0.2) 38 (0.2) 26 (0.2) 13 (0.2) 12 (0.2) 47 (0.3) 30 (0.3) 10 (0.1) 19 (0.2) 55 (0.3) 19 (0.3) 7 (0.2)  
                                                   
Race/ethnicity                                                  
White 26 (0.3) 37 (0.2) 26 (0.2) 11 (0.2) 13 (0.2) 46 (0.3) 31 (0.3) 10 (0.1) 20 (0.2) 54 (0.2) 19 (0.2) 7 (0.1)  
Black 18 (0.4) 34 (0.5) 28 (0.4) 20 (0.4) 12 (0.4) 45 (0.5) 31 (0.4) 13 (0.3) 15 (0.3) 55 (0.5) 21 (0.4) 9 (0.3)  
Hispanic 19 (0.5) 38 (0.5) 29 (0.5) 14 (0.3) 11 (0.3) 48 (0.5) 32 (0.5) 10 (0.3) 12 (0.3) 56 (0.5) 24 (0.4) 8 (0.4)  
Asian 15 (0.6) 36 (0.9) 32 (0.9) 18 (0.9) 16 (1.0) 50 (1.2) 27 (1.1) 7 (0.6) 10 (0.6) 49 (1.0) 29 (0.8) 12 (0.6)  
Native Hawaiian/
     Pacific Islander
12 (1.9) 36 (3.2) 36 (3.2) 15 (2.0) 12 (2.7) 45 (4.4) 32 (3.5) 10 (1.3) 8 (1.0) 48 (3.6) 37 (3.3) 7 (1.5)  
American Indian/
     Alaska Native
23 (1.4) 37 (1.5) 27 (1.2) 13 (1.0) 11 (0.9) 44 (1.5) 33 (1.6) 12 (1.0) 15 (1.0) 59 (1.6) 19 (1.0) 6 (0.6)  
                                                   
Eligibility for free or
     reduced-price lunch
                                                 
Eligible 21 (0.3) 36 (0.3) 27 (0.2) 15 (0.2) 12 (0.2) 47 (0.3) 31 (0.3) 11 (0.2) 14 (0.2) 55 (0.3) 23 (0.3) 8 (0.2)  
Not eligible 25 (0.2) 37 (0.2) 27 (0.3) 12 (0.2) 13 (0.2) 46 (0.3) 31 (0.3) 10 (0.1) 18 (0.2) 54 (0.2) 20 (0.2) 8 (0.1)  
Unknown 23 (0.7) 36 (0.8) 28 (0.7) 13 (0.6) 11 (0.5) 44 (0.8) 35 (0.8) 10 (0.5) 22 (0.8) 56 (0.9) 17 (0.7) 5 (0.4)  
                                                   
Control of school                                                  
Public 23 (0.2) 37 (0.2) 27 (0.2) 14 (0.2) 13 (0.2) 47 (0.2) 30 (0.2) 10 (0.1) 16 (0.2) 54 (0.2) 22 (0.2) 8 (0.1)  
Private 24 (0.6) 35 (0.6) 28 (0.5) 13 (0.4) 11 (0.4) 44 (0.6) 35 (0.6) 10 (0.4) 21 (0.6) 56 (0.7) 17 (0.5) 5 (0.3)  
1 Scale ranges from 0 to 500.  
NOTE: Includes public and private schools. Includes students tested with accommodations (10 percent of all 8th-grade students); excludes only
those students with disabilities and English language learners who were unable to be tested even with accommodations (2 percent of all 8th-grade students). Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2011 Mathematics Assessment, retrieved November 1, 2011, from the Main NAEP Data Explorer (http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/naepdata/). (This table was prepared November 2011.)  
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