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The Nation's Report Card: Mathematics Highlights 2000

August 2001

Author: Shari L. Santapau

NAEP 2000 Mathematics Assessment Results Released

Line graph of average NAEP math scores: For 1990, 1992, 1996, and 2000, respectively: at grade 4: 213*, 220*, 224*, and 228; at grade 8: 263*, 268*, 272*, and 275; and at grade 12: 294*, 299, 304*, and 301 asterisk Significantly different from 2000.

Note: The average scores are based on the NAEP math scale, which ranges from 0 - 500.

Source: National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 1990-2000 Math Assessments.

Results for the 2000 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics assessment show overall gains in fourth-, eighth-, and twelfth-graders' average scores since 1990, the first year in which the current mathematics assessment was administered. Twelfth-graders' performance, however, has declined since 1996.

National scores in 2000 were higher[1] than in 1996, 1992, or 1990 for fourth- and eighth-graders. This was not the case for twelfth-graders. The average score for high school seniors was lower in 2000 than in 1996. However, twelfth-graders' average score was higher in 2000 than in 1990.

  1. Only statistically significant differences are cited in this report.

NCES 2001-518 Ordering information

Suggested Citation
U.S. Department of Education. Office of Educational Research and Improvement. National Center for Education Statistics. The Nation's Report Card: Mathematics Highlights 2000, NCES 2001-518, by S.L. Santapau. Washington, DC: 2001.

Last updated 20 September 2001 (PO'R)

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