Skip Navigation
small NCES header image
Youth Indicators, 2005: Trends in the Well-Being of American Youth

Indicator 21: Mathematics and Educational Attainment

Figure 21. Percentage distribution of 1988 eighth-gradersí educational attainment by 2000, by eighth-grade mathematics achievement: 2000

Percentage distribution of 1988 eighth-gradersí educational attainment by 2000, by eighth-grade mathematics achievement: 2000
1Scores within the bottom 25 percent of the weighted distribution.
2Scores within the middle quartiles of the weighted distribution.
3Scores within the top 25 percent of the weighted distribution.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88/2000), 'Fourth Follow-up,' unpublished data.

Eighth-graders who had low scores in a 1988 mathematics assessment were less likely than higher-scoring students to have received a bachelor's or higher degree by 2000. By 2000, 7 percent of low-scoring students had completed a bachelor's degree or higher, compared to 25 percent of middle-scoring students and 59 percent of high-scoring students. Low-scoring students with high socioeconomic status were 10 times more likely to have received a bachelor's degree or higher than similar scoring students from low socioeconomic backgrounds (30 vs. 3 percent). Middlescoring students with high socioeconomic status were 6 times more likely to have received a bachelor's degree or higher than similar scoring students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds (51 vs. 8 percent). High-scoring students from high socioeconomic backgrounds were more than 2 times as likely to have attained a bachelor's or higher degree compared to highscoring students from low socioeconomic backgrounds (74 vs. 29 percent).


View Table View Table

Would you like to help us improve our products and website by taking a short survey?

YES, I would like to take the survey

or

No Thanks

The survey consists of a few short questions and takes less than one minute to complete.