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Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Minorities
NCES 2010-015
July 2010


Table 11.2.

Percentage distribution of students at National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics achievement levels, by race/ethnicity and grade: 2005 and 2009


Grade, year, and
achievement level
Total1 White Black   Hispanic   Asian/Pacific Islander   American Indian/Alaska Native  
4th grade, 2009                    
Below Basic 18 9 36   29   8   34  
At Basic 43 40 48   49   31   45  
At or above Proficient 39 51 16   22   60   21  
At Advanced 6 8 1   1   17   2  
                     
8th grade, 2009                    
Below Basic 27 17 50   43   15   44  
At Basic 39 40 37   40   31   38  
At or above Proficient 34 44 12   17   54   18  
At Advanced 8 11 1   2   20   3  
                     
12th grade, 2005                    
Below Basic 39 30 70   60   27   58  
At Basic 38 41 25   32   37   36  
At or above Proficient 23 29 6   8   36   6 !
At Advanced 2 3 #   #   6   1 !
# Rounds to zero.
! Interpret data with caution.
1 Total includes other race/ethnicity categories not separately shown.
NOTE: Achievement levels are performance standards showing what students should know and be able to do. Basic denotes partial mastery of knowledge and skills that are fundamental for Proficient work at a given grade. (Below Basic, therefore, denotes less than this level of achievement.) Proficient represents solid academic performance. Students reaching this level have demonstrated competency over challenging subject matter. Advanced signifies superior performance. NAEP reports data on student race/ethnicity based on information obtained from school rosters. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. The NAEP assessment was not administered to grade 12 in 2007. 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), 2005 and 2009 Mathematics Assessment, NAEP Data Explorer.
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