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Table 127. Average arts scale score of 8th-grade students, by topic and selected student characteristics: 1997

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                            |             Music              |    Visual arts       |           Theatre
Selected                    |________________________________|______________________|_________________________
student                     |  Average|   Average|    Average|  Average|     Average|     Average |    Average
characteristic              | creating|performing| responding| creating|  responding|creating/per-| responding
                            |    score|     score|scale score|    score| scale score|forming score|scale score
                            |(0 to 100| (0 to 100|    (0-300)|(0 to 100|     (0-300)|    (0 to 100|    (0-300)
                            | percent)|  percent)|           | percent)|            |     percent)|
____________________________|_________|__________|___________|_________|____________|_____________|___________
1                           |       2 |        3 |          4|        5|          6 |           7 |          8
____________________________|_________|__________|___________|_________|____________|_____________|___________
   All students ............| 34(1.1) |  34(1.2) |  150(1.3) |  43(0.7)|  150 (1.1) |  49   (2.0) |   150(5.7)
                            |_________|__________|___________|_________|____________|_____________|___________
Sex                         |         |          |           |         |            |             |
  Male .....................| 32(1.0) |  27(1.4) |  140(1.5) |  42(0.7)|  146 (1.5) |  46   (2.2) |   140(6.6)
  Female ...................| 37(1.6) |  40(1.5) |  160(1.6) |  45(0.9)|  154 (1.4) |  52   (2.1) |   158(5.6)
                            |         |          |           |         |            |             |
Race/ethnicity              |         |          |           |         |            |             |
  White, non-Hispanic ......| 36(1.2) |  36(1.4) |  158(1.4) |  46(0.9)|  159(1.3)  |  52   (1.9) |   159(4.4)
  Black, non-Hispanic ......| 34(3.6) |  30(1.9) |  130(2.3) |  37(1.8)|  124 (2.0) |  39   (2.2) |   120(10.1)
  Hispanic .................| 29(2.7) |  24(3.7) |  127(3.5) |  38(1.3)|  128 (2.0) |  44   (2.5) |   139(6.2)
  Asian/Pacific Islander ...| 31(3.8) |  ‡   (†) |  152(6.2) |  45(1.6)|  153 (6.4) |  ‡      (†) |    ‡  (†)
                            |         |          |           |         |            |             |
Parent's highest level      |         |          |           |         |            |             |
   of education             |         |          |           |         |            |             |
  Not high school graduate .| 24(2.5) |  21(2.4) |  129(3.5) |  36(1.4)|  125 (2.4) |  42   (2.1) |   131(4.4)
  Graduated high school ....| 29(2.0) |  29(2.4) |  139(1.3) |  41(1.1)|  138 (1.8) |  42   (1.9) |   130(8.5)
  Some college .............| 35(1.3) |  34(2.4) |  150(1.8) |  44(0.8)|  153 (1.8) |  49   (1.8) |   153(5.1)
  Graduated college ........| 39(1.3) |  39(1.5) |  159(1.7) |  46(0.7)|  158 (1.4) |  52   (2.2) |   157(5.6)
                            |         |          |           |         |            |             |
Region                      |         |          |           |         |            |             |
  Northeast ................| 39(2.0) |  34(2.6) |  153(4.0) |  45(1.5)|  152 (4.0) |  ‡      (†) |    ‡  (†)
  Southeast ................| 30(2.7) |  33(2.4) |  139(2.7) |  42(1.0)|  143 (3.3) |  ‡      (†) |    ‡  (†)
  Central ..................| 36(1.4) |  33(2.1) |  157(3.0) |  45(1.8)|  157 (3.5) |  ‡      (†) |    ‡  (†)
  West .....................| 33(2.3) |  35(2.9) |  152(3.0) |  43(1.3)|  149 (2.6) |  51   (2.1) |   157(5.3)
____________________________|_________|__________|___________|_________|____________|_____________|___________

†Not applicable.
‡Reporting standards not met.

NOTE: Excludes students unable to be tested due to limited proficiency in English or due to a disability (and the accomodations provided were not sufficient to enable the test to properly reflect the students' proficiency in the arts). Creating refers to expressing ideas and feelings in the form of an original work of art, for example, a dance, a piece of music, a dramatic improvisation, or a sculpture. Performing refers to performing an existing work, a process that calls upon the interpretive or recreative skills of the student. Responding refers to observing, describing, analyzing, and evaluating works of art. Includes public and private schools. Standard errors appear in parentheses.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress, The NAEP 1997 Arts Report Card. (This table was prepared November 1998.)