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Digest of Education Statistics: 2008
Digest of Education Statistics: 2008

NCES 2009-020
March 2009


Table 126. Percentage of students attaining U.S. history achievement levels, by grade level and selected student characteristics: 2001 and 2006
Selected student characteristic Percent of 4th-graders Percent of 8th-graders Percent of 12th-graders
2001,
At or above Basic1
2006 2001, At or above Basic1 2006 2001,
At or above Basic1
2006
Below Basic At or above Basic1 At or above Proficient2 At Advanced3 Below Basic At or above Basic1 At or above Proficient2 At Advanced3 Below Basic At or above Basic1 At or above Proficient2 At Advanced3
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
All students 66 (1.2) 30 (1.3) 70 (1.3) 18 (1.0) 2 (0.3) 62 (1.0) 35 (1.0) 65 (1.0) 17 (0.8) 1 (0.1) 43 (1.2) 53 (1.1) 47 (1.1) 13 (0.7) 1 (0.2)
                                                             
Sex                                                            
Male 65 (1.3) 31 (1.5) 69 (1.5) 20 (1.3) 2 (0.4) 62 (1.1) 33 (1.3) 67 (1.3) 19 (1.0) 2 (0.2) 45 (1.6) 50 (1.2) 50 (1.2) 15 (0.8) 1 (0.2)
Female 67 (1.4) 30 (1.2) 70 (1.2) 16 (1.0) 1 (0.3) 61 (1.2) 36 (1.0) 64 (1.0) 14 (0.7) 1 (0.2) 40 (1.2) 56 (1.2) 44 (1.2) 11 (0.7) 1 (0.2)
                                                             
Race/ethnicity                                                            
White 76 (1.5) 16 (1.2) 84 (1.2) 26 (1.5) 2 (0.4) 71 (1.1) 21 (0.8) 79 (0.8) 23 (1.1) 2 (0.2) 49 (1.3) 44 (1.3) 56 (1.3) 16 (0.8) 1 (0.2)
Black 41 (2.3) 54 (2.5) 46 (2.5) 5 (1.0) # (†) 35 (2.1) 60 (1.7) 40 (1.7) 4 (0.5) # (†) 19 (1.5) 80 (1.6) 20 (1.6) 2 (0.5) # (†)
Hispanic 40 (2.8) 51 (2.7) 49 (2.7) 6 (0.7) 1 (0.2) 36 (2.6) 54 (2.2) 46 (2.2) 6 (0.8) # (0.1) 24 (2.3) 73 (1.4) 27 (1.4) 4 (0.6) # (†)
Asian/Pacific Islander 74 (4.5) 29 (4.8) 71 (4.8) 22 (4.3) 2 (—) 65 (3.0) 25 (4.4) 75 (4.4) 22 (3.0) 1 (0.6) 51 (6.7) 46 (3.5) 54 (3.5) 20 (3.1) 3 (0.7)
American Indian/Alaska Native (†) 59 (7.7) 41 (7.7) 6 (3.2) # (†) 57 (6.5) 57 (6.1) 43 (6.1) 5 (—) # (†) 37 (7.8) 68 (7.3) 32 (7.3) 4 (2.9) # (†)
                                                             
Parents' highest level of education                                                            
Not high school graduate (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) 38 (4.1) 60 (2.2) 40 (2.2) 3 (0.9) # (†) 19 (2.1) 82 (1.7) 18 (1.7) 3 (0.8) # (†)
Graduated high school (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) 50 (1.8) 48 (2.2) 52 (2.2) 7 (0.7) # (†) 25 (1.6) 69 (1.4) 31 (1.4) 5 (0.7) # (†)
Some college (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) 69 (1.5) 30 (1.3) 70 (1.3) 14 (1.2) 1 (0.3) 39 (1.3) 55 (1.4) 45 (1.4) 9 (0.8) # (†)
Graduated college (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) 77 (1.0) 21 (1.1) 79 (1.1) 27 (1.1) 2 (0.3) 58 (1.5) 40 (1.4) 60 (1.4) 20 (1.1) 2 (0.3)
                                                             
Free/reduced-price lunch eligibility                                                            
Eligible 45 (1.7) 49 (1.6) 51 (1.6) 6 (0.5) # (†) 38 (1.7) 56 (1.6) 44 (1.6) 5 (0.5) # (†) 22 (1.9) 76 (1.3) 24 (1.3) 3 (0.5) # (†)
Not eligible 79 (1.6) 16 (1.1) 84 (1.1) 27 (1.5) 3 (0.4) 71 (1.6) 22 (0.8) 78 (0.8) 23 (1.0) 2 (0.2) 44 (1.5) 48 (1.2) 52 (1.2) 15 (0.9) 1 (0.2)
Not available 74 (2.8) 15 (4.0) 85 (4.0) 33 (4.7) 5 (1.7) 68 (2.2) 14 (3.2) 86 (3.2) 33 (3.8) 4 (1.1) 52 (2.9) 38 (3.7) 62 (3.7) 19 (2.6) 1 (0.5)
                                                             
Region                                                            
Northeast (†) 25 (2.5) 75 (2.5) 19 (1.5) 2 (0.5) (†) 31 (2.4) 69 (2.4) 21 (2.1) 2 (0.4) (†) 44 (3.0) 56 (3.0) 19 (1.9) 2 (0.5)
Midwest (†) 20 (2.1) 80 (2.1) 25 (2.8) 2 (0.7) (†) 27 (1.8) 73 (1.8) 21 (1.7) 1 (0.3) (†) 50 (1.3) 50 (1.3) 14 (1.0) 1 (0.2)
South (†) 29 (2.1) 71 (2.1) 18 (2.0) 2 (0.5) (†) 36 (1.5) 64 (1.5) 15 (1.0) 1 (0.2) (†) 59 (2.0) 41 (2.0) 11 (1.0) 1 (0.2)
West (†) 45 (3.8) 55 (3.8) 11 (1.6) 1 (0.3) (†) 44 (2.6) 56 (2.6) 11 (1.3) 1 (0.2) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
— Not available.
† Not applicable.
# Rounds to zero.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
1 Basic denotes partial mastery of the knowledge and skills that are fundamental for proficient work at a given grade.
2 Proficient represents solid academic performance. Students reaching this level have demonstrated competency over challenging subject matter.
3 Advanced signifies superior performance for a given grade.
NOTE: Includes public and private schools. Excludes students unable to be tested due to limited proficiency in English or due to a disability (if the accommodations provided were not sufficient to enable the test to properly reflect the students' U.S. his-tory proficiency). Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Totals include other racial/ethnic groups not shown separately. Standard errors appear in parentheses. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2001 and 2006 U.S. History Assessments, retrieved May 22, 2007, from the NAEP Data Explorer (http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/nde/). (This table was prepared May 2007.)