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Table 12b. National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics scores, by age, sex, race/ethnicity, and highest level of parental education: Selected years, 1982 through 2008
 
Sex, race/ethnicity, and highest level of parental education 13-year-olds  
1982 1986 1990 1992 1994 1996 1999 2004 2008  
Total 269 269 270 273 274 274 276 281 281  
Sex                    
Male 269 270 271 274 276 276 277 283 284  
Female 268 268 270 272 273 272 274 279 279  
                     
Race/ethnicity                    
White 274 274 276 279 281 281 283 289 290  
Black 240 249 249 250 252 252 251 261 262  
Hispanic 252 254 255 259 256 256 259 264 268  
Asian/Pacific Islander 280 290 274 286 286 282 286 299 304  
American Indian/Alaska Native 257 274  
                     
Highest level of parental education                    
Less than high school 251 252 253 256 255 254 256 262 268  
Graduated high school 263 263 263 263 266 267 264 271 272  
Some college 275 274 277 278 277 277 279 283 285  
College graduate 282 280 280 283 285 283 286 292 291  
                     
  17-year-olds  
  1982 1986 1990 1992 1994 1996 1999 2004 2008  
Total 298 302 305 307 306 307 308 307 306  
                     
Sex                    
Male 301 305 306 309 309 310 310 308 309  
Female 296 299 303 305 304 305 307 305 303  
                     
Race/ethnicity                    
White 304 308 309 312 312 313 315 313 314  
Black 272 279 289 286 286 286 283 286 287  
Hispanic 277 283 284 292 291 292 293 289 293  
Asian/Pacific Islander 313 316 311 320 317 313 320 320 321  
American Indian/Alaska Native 297 305  
                     
Highest level of parental education                    
Less than high school 279 279 285 285 284 281 289 287 292  
Graduated high school 293 293 294 298 295 297 299 295 296  
Some college 304 305 308 308 305 307 308 306 306  
College graduate 312 314 316 316 318 317 317 317 316  
‡ Reporting standards not met. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 50 percent or greater.
NOTE: Total includes other racial/ethnic groups not shown separately. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. The NAEP Long-Term Trend mathematics scale ranges from 0 to 500. Some apparent differences between estimates may not be statistically significant.  
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), selected years, 1982–2008 Long-term Trend Mathematics Assessments, NAEP Data Explorer.  

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