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

NCES 2007-017
July 2007


Table 130. Average arts scale score of 8th-grade students, by topic and selected student characteristics: 1997 
Selected student characteristic Music Visual arts Theatre
Average
creating score
(0 to 100 percent)
Average
performing score
(0 to 100 percent)
Average
responding scale score (0 to 300)
Average
creating score
(0 to 100 percent)
Average
responding scale score (0 to 300)
Average creating/performing score
(0 to 100 percent)
Average
responding scale score (0 to 300)
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 36 (1.2) 36 (1.4) 158 (1.4) 46 (0.9) 159 (1.3) 52 (1.9) 159 (4.4)
Black 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 accommodations 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. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic origin. Totals include other racial/ethnic groups not shown separately. Standard errors appear in parentheses.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), The NAEP 1997 Arts Report Card. (This table was prepared November 1998.)