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Table 169. Average National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) science scale scores of 8th-grade public school students, by race/ethnicity and state: 2009 and 2011
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
State 2009 2011
Total, all students Race/ethnicity Total, all students Race/ethnicity
White Black Hispanic Asian/ Pacific Islander White Black Hispanic Asian/ Pacific Islander
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
United States 149 (0.3) 161 (0.2) 125 (0.4) 131 (0.6) 159 (1.0) 151 (0.2) 163 (0.2) 128 (0.5) 136 (0.5) 159 (1.2)
                                         
Alabama 139 (1.1) 152 (1.1) 115 (1.8) 129 (3.5) (†) 140 (1.4) 152 (1.3) 118 (1.4) 136 (3.6) (†)
Alaska (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) 153 (0.7) 166 (0.9) 133 (3.2) 147 (2.7) 145 (2.2)
Arizona 141 (1.3) 157 (1.3) 126 (3.2) 127 (1.5) 159 (5.5) 144 (1.3) 158 (1.3) 128 (2.9) 132 (1.6) (†)
Arkansas 144 (1.3) 154 (0.9) 111 (2.1) 134 (3.0) (†) 148 (1.1) 158 (1.0) 119 (2.1) 138 (2.1) (†)
California 137 (1.4) 157 (2.0) 122 (2.8) 122 (1.3) 154 (2.2) 140 (1.3) 159 (1.6) 124 (3.4) 128 (1.4) 157 (2.8)
                                         
Colorado 156 (1.0) 166 (1.0) 135 (3.7) 137 (1.6) 161 (3.7) 161 (1.3) 171 (1.4) 149 (3.7) 141 (1.8) 162 (4.5)
Connecticut 155 (0.9) 164 (0.8) 126 (2.3) 128 (1.8) 169 (3.5) 155 (1.1) 165 (1.0) 128 (2.3) 129 (2.5) 170 (4.2)
Delaware 148 (0.6) 159 (0.9) 133 (1.0) 141 (2.2) 160 (4.3) 150 (0.6) 161 (0.8) 134 (1.3) 139 (2.0) 168 (3.3)
District of Columbia (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) 112 (1.0) 174 (3.3) 107 (1.1) 116 (2.6) (†)
Florida 146 (1.0) 158 (1.4) 126 (1.4) 139 (1.2) 163 (4.1) 148 (1.1) 161 (1.1) 127 (2.0) 144 (1.5) 161 (4.5)
                                         
Georgia 147 (1.0) 161 (1.2) 129 (1.3) 137 (2.2) 172 (2.7) 151 (1.4) 166 (1.6) 133 (1.8) 143 (3.1) 168 (3.9)
Hawaii 139 (0.7) 153 (1.5) 133 (5.0) 148 (4.3) 136 (1.0) 142 (0.7) 157 (1.8) (†) 144 (3.3) 139 (0.9)
Idaho 158 (0.9) 162 (0.9) (†) 137 (1.4) (†) 159 (0.7) 163 (0.7) (†) 139 (1.8) (†)
Illinois 148 (1.4) 162 (1.2) 118 (1.5) 131 (1.5) 167 (3.2) 147 (1.0) 161 (1.1) 120 (1.9) 135 (1.2) 163 (4.4)
Indiana 152 (1.2) 159 (1.0) 126 (3.9) 135 (3.5) (†) 153 (0.9) 160 (1.0) 125 (2.7) 136 (3.7) (†)
                                         
Iowa 156 (0.9) 160 (0.8) 127 (3.5) 133 (3.2) (†) 157 (0.8) 161 (0.8) 128 (3.7) 143 (3.1) (†)
Kansas (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) 156 (0.8) 163 (0.8) 129 (3.2) 134 (2.1) 156 (5.2)
Kentucky 156 (0.8) 159 (0.9) 137 (1.8) 145 (3.5) (†) 157 (0.8) 160 (0.9) 135 (1.7) 149 (3.0) (†)
Louisiana 139 (1.7) 155 (1.5) 120 (1.9) (†) (†) 143 (1.7) 156 (1.6) 125 (2.1) 142 (5.2) (†)
Maine 158 (0.8) 159 (0.8) 126 (4.5) (†) (†) 160 (0.5) 160 (0.6) (†) (†) (†)
                                         
Maryland 148 (1.1) 164 (1.2) 127 (1.5) 136 (2.8) 169 (2.5) 152 (1.2) 167 (1.2) 131 (1.8) 142 (2.2) 164 (4.3)
Massachusetts 160 (1.1) 167 (1.1) 132 (2.6) 131 (2.7) 168 (4.1) 161 (1.1) 169 (1.1) 133 (4.3) 130 (2.6) 170 (4.1)
Michigan 153 (1.4) 162 (1.0) 121 (2.1) 139 (3.4) (†) 157 (1.0) 165 (0.8) 124 (2.8) 146 (3.3) 166 (6.9)
Minnesota 159 (1.0) 166 (0.9) 128 (2.8) 132 (3.7) 141 (3.0) 161 (1.0) 168 (1.0) 129 (2.5) 137 (4.0) 149 (3.9)
Mississippi 132 (1.2) 150 (1.2) 114 (1.1) (†) (†) 137 (1.3) 156 (1.1) 119 (1.4) (†) (†)
                                         
Missouri 156 (1.1) 161 (0.9) 129 (2.5) 150 (3.8) 167 (4.7) 156 (1.1) 162 (0.8) 130 (3.5) (†) (†)
Montana 162 (0.7) 166 (0.7) (†) 155 (3.3) (†) 163 (0.7) 167 (0.7) (†) (†) (†)
Nebraska (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) 157 (0.7) 164 (0.7) 126 (3.5) 135 (1.9) (†)
Nevada 141 (0.7) 153 (0.9) 127 (2.4) 129 (1.0) 148 (2.4) 144 (0.8) 157 (1.3) 123 (3.3) 133 (1.1) 154 (2.6)
New Hampshire 160 (0.8) 161 (0.8) (†) 131 (4.2) (†) 162 (0.7) 164 (0.6) (†) 137 (4.3) (†)
                                         
New Jersey 155 (1.5) 165 (1.0) 127 (3.3) 138 (2.7) 174 (2.6) 155 (1.2) 166 (1.2) 131 (2.5) 134 (1.9) 173 (2.8)
New Mexico 143 (1.4) 163 (1.4) (†) 135 (1.4) (†) 145 (0.8) 161 (1.4) (†) 139 (0.8) (†)
New York 149 (1.2) 164 (1.0) 123 (1.8) 125 (1.7) 161 (2.3) 149 (1.0) 163 (1.3) 130 (2.2) 129 (1.7) 154 (2.6)
North Carolina 144 (1.3) 158 (1.3) 121 (1.6) 132 (2.3) 165 (7.1) 148 (1.1) 160 (1.1) 125 (1.8) 138 (2.4) 160 (6.5)
North Dakota 162 (0.5) 166 (0.6) (†) (†) (†) 164 (0.7) 168 (0.8) (†) (†) (†)
                                         
Ohio 158 (1.0) 164 (0.9) 126 (2.1) 140 (4.6) (†) 158 (1.0) 165 (1.0) 132 (2.6) 151 (5.3) (†)
Oklahoma 146 (0.9) 155 (1.0) 124 (2.6) 127 (2.6) (†) 148 (1.1) 156 (1.0) 126 (3.6) 135 (2.8) (†)
Oregon 154 (1.0) 160 (1.1) 135 (4.1) 130 (1.8) 160 (3.5) 155 (0.9) 162 (1.0) (†) 135 (1.4) 159 (4.3)
Pennsylvania 154 (1.1) 162 (0.9) 123 (2.0) 121 (4.4) 159 (4.1) 151 (1.3) 163 (0.9) 120 (2.3) 118 (4.8) 163 (4.9)
Rhode Island 146 (0.6) 155 (0.8) 125 (2.6) 119 (1.9) 146 (5.3) 149 (0.7) 161 (0.7) 122 (3.4) 120 (1.9) 151 (4.6)
                                         
South Carolina 143 (1.6) 158 (1.1) 124 (1.7) 129 (4.2) (†) 149 (1.0) 163 (1.0) 128 (1.6) 139 (3.0) (†)
South Dakota 161 (0.6) 165 (0.6) 141 (5.5) 135 (4.1) (†) 162 (0.5) 166 (0.6) (†) 151 (4.1) (†)
Tennessee 148 (1.2) 157 (0.9) 122 (2.0) 139 (3.8) (†) 150 (1.0) 160 (0.9) 121 (1.6) 137 (3.1) (†)
Texas 150 (1.2) 167 (1.4) 133 (2.5) 141 (1.5) 170 (3.6) 153 (1.0) 167 (1.2) 137 (2.3) 146 (1.3) 172 (4.3)
Utah 158 (1.0) 164 (1.1) (†) 129 (1.7) 147 (3.9) 161 (0.8) 167 (0.8) (†) 137 (2.0) 153 (4.7)
                                         
Vermont (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) 163 (0.8) 164 (0.9) (†) (†) (†)
Virginia 156 (1.1) 166 (1.1) 135 (2.0) 144 (2.2) 168 (3.1) 160 (1.0) 169 (1.3) 138 (1.7) 145 (2.8) 172 (2.4)
Washington 155 (1.0) 161 (1.1) 135 (3.7) 132 (2.3) 157 (3.0) 156 (0.9) 163 (1.0) 133 (3.1) 141 (2.5) 156 (2.8)
West Virginia 145 (0.8) 146 (0.8) 127 (2.8) (†) (†) 149 (1.0) 150 (1.0) 136 (2.7) (†) (†)
Wisconsin 157 (0.9) 165 (0.8) 120 (1.5) 134 (3.9) 152 (3.5) 159 (1.0) 166 (0.9) 121 (3.1) 140 (4.8) 149 (4.7)
Wyoming 158 (0.7) 162 (0.7) (†) 137 (1.8) (†) 160 (0.5) 164 (0.6) (†) 143 (2.0) (†)
                                         
Department of Defense                                        
dependents schools 162 (0.7) 170 (1.0) 144 (1.4) 155 (2.0) 160 (2.3) 161 (0.8) 169 (1.1) 143 (2.2) 158 (2.5) 155 (3.2)
—Not available.
†Not applicable.
‡Reporting standards not met (too few cases for a reliable estimate).
NOTE: Scale ranges from 0 to 300. Includes students tested with accommodations (10 percent of all students in 2009 and 9 percent of all students in 2011); excludes only those students with disabilities and English language learners who were unable to be tested even with accommodations (2 percent of all students in both years). Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Totals include other racial/ethnic groups not shown separately.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2011 Science Assessment, retrieved August 12, 2012, from the Main NAEP Data Explorer (http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/naepdata/). (This table was prepared August 2012.)
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