In U.S. history, NAEP creates a single scale score ranging from 0 to 500. NAEP's history assessment is organized around three concepts or dimensions: major themes of U.S. history, chronological periods, and ways of knowing and thinking about U.S. history.
In 2006, American Indian/Alaska Native students in the 4th, 8th, and 12th grades scored lower, on average, than White and Asian/Pacific Islander 4th-, 8th-, and 12th-graders. No differences were observed among American Indian/Alaska Native, Black, and Hispanic students' scores on the NAEP history assessment in 2006. No differences were detected between 2001 and 2006 in the U.S. history scores for American Indian/Alaska Native students at the 8th- and 12th-grade levels. As with its other recent assessments, NAEP uses a series of achievement levels on the U.S. history assessment. Among American Indian/Alaska Native students in 2006, some 41 percent of 4thgraders, 43 percent of 8th-graders, and 32 percent of 12th-graders achieved at the "at or above basic" proficiency level in history. American Indians/ Alaska Natives in the 4th, 8th, and 12th grades had a lower percentage of students achieving at the "at or above basic" proficiency level in history than Whites and Asian/Pacific Islander, but the percentage was not measurably different from that of Blacks and Hispanics across grades. American Indians/Alaska Natives had a lower percentage of students at the "at or above proficient" level than their White and Asian/ Pacific Islander peers, but a percentage not different from that of Black and Hispanic students in the 4th and 12th grades.
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