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Digest of Education Statistics: 2006
Digest of Education Statistics: 2006

NCES 2007-017
July 2007


Table 119. Average student scale score in geography and U.S. history, by grade level and selected student characteristics: 2001 
Selected student characteristic Percentage distribution of
12th-graders
in geography
Average geography scores Percentage distribution of
12th-graders
in U.S. history
Average U.S. history scores
4th-graders 8th-graders 12th-graders 4th-graders 8th-graders 12th-graders
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
All students 100 († ) 209 (1.0) 262 (0.9) 285 (0.8) 100 († ) 209 (1.0) 262 (0.8) 287 (1.0)
Sex                                
Male 48 (0.8) 212 (1.1) 264 (1.0) 287 (0.9) 49 (0.6) 209 (1.1) 264 (0.9) 288 (1.3)
Female 52 (0.8) 207 (1.2) 260 (1.1) 282 (0.8) 51 (0.6) 209 (1.2) 261 (0.9) 286 (0.9)
                                 
Race/ethnicity                                
White 70 (0.3) 222 (1.0) 273 (1.0) 291 (0.9) 70 (0.4) 220 (1.1) 271 (0.8) 292 (1.0)
Black 13 (0.3) 181 (1.8) 234 (1.7) 260 (1.4) 13 (0.2) 188 (1.8) 243 (1.8) 269 (1.5)
Hispanic 12 (0.2) 184 (2.8) 240 (1.7) 270 (1.5) 12 (0.2) 186 (2.5) 243 (1.5) 274 (1.7)
Asian/Pacific Islander 5 (0.2) 212 (2.7) 266 (2.5) 286 (2.9) 5 (0.2) 213 (2.7) 267 (3.4) 295 (4.6)
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 (0.2) 199 (3.6) 261 (5.8) 288 (3.6) 1 (0.2) 197 (6.9) 249 (4.5) 277 (5.5)
                                 
Parents' highest level of education                                
Not high school graduate 7 (0.4) (†) 241 (1.7) 269 (1.7) 7 (0.4) (†) 243 (2.3) 269 (1.5)
Graduated high school 19 (0.7) (†) 253 (1.2) 276 (0.9) 19 (0.6) (†) 253 (1.1) 274 (1.0)
Some college 25 (0.7) (†) 266 (1.0) 284 (0.9) 25 (0.7) (†) 265 (1.0) 286 (0.8)
Graduated college 46 (1.1) (†) 274 (0.9) 293 (1.1) 46 (1.2) (†) 275 (0.8) 298 (1.3)
                                 
Free/reduced-price lunch eligibility                                
Eligible 16 (1.0) 186 (1.7) 242 (1.4) 269 (1.6) 16 (0.9) 189 (1.6) 245 (1.2) 271 (1.3)
Not eligible 64 (2.2) 221 (1.2) 270 (1.1) 287 (1.0) 64 (2.2) 220 (1.4) 269 (0.9) 289 (1.2)
Not available 21 (2.4) 218 (2.5) 266 (1.8) 289 (1.5) 21 (2.5) 217 (2.8) 268 (2.0) 295 (2.0)
                                 
Region                                
Northeast 20 (0.9) 214 (2.8) 266 (2.4) 286 (2.8) 21 (0.9) 215 (2.5) 269 (1.9) 289 (3.4)
Southeast 21 (1.2) 207 (2.1) 260 (2.0) 281 (1.0) 22 (1.2) 208 (2.6) 261 (2.0) 284 (1.7)
Central 27 (0.6) 219 (1.8) 270 (2.5) 287 (1.3) 26 (0.6) 217 (2.0) 267 (1.7) 289 (1.4)
West 31 (1.4) 200 (2.5) 255 (1.5) 283 (1.3) 31 (1.5) 200 (2.3) 255 (1.3) 286 (1.6)
—Not available.
† Not applicable.
NOTE: The scores range from 0 to 500 in each test, but the distribution of the scores varies by subject. Therefore, direct score comparisons between the subjects should be avoided. Includes public and private schools. Excludes students unable to be tested due to limited pro­ficiency in English or due to a disability (and the accommodations provided were not sufficient to enable the test to properly reflect the students' proficiency in geography or history). Race catagories exclude persons of Hispanic origin. Detail may not sum to totals because of round­ing. Standard errors appear in parentheses.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), The Nation's Report Card: U.S. History 2001; and The Nation's Report Card: Geography 2001. (This table was prepared July 2002.)