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

NCES 2009-020
March 2009


Table 136. Average mathematics scale scores of 4th-, 8th-, and 12th-graders, by selected student and school characteristics: Selected years, 1990 through 2007
Selected student or school characteristic 19901  19921  1996 2000 2003 2005 2007
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
4th-graders, all students 213 (0.9) 220 (0.7) 224 (1.0) 226 (0.9) 235 (0.2) 238 (0.1) 240 (0.2)
Sex                            
Male 214 (1.2) 221 (0.8) 224 (1.1) 227 (1.0) 236 (0.3) 239 (0.2) 241 (0.2)
Female 213 (1.1) 219 (1.0) 223 (1.1) 224 (0.9) 233 (0.2) 237 (0.2) 239 (0.2)
                             
Race/ethnicity                            
White 220 (1.0) 227 (0.8) 232 (1.0) 234 (0.8) 243 (0.2) 246 (0.1) 248 (0.2)
Black 188 (1.8) 193 (1.4) 198 (1.6) 203 (1.2) 216 (0.4) 220 (0.3) 222 (0.3)
Hispanic 200 (2.2) 202 (1.5) 207 (1.9) 208 (1.5) 222 (0.4) 226 (0.3) 227 (0.3)
Asian/Pacific Islander 225 (4.1) 231 (2.1) 229 (4.2) (†) 246 (1.1) 251 (0.7) 253 (0.8)
American Indian/Alaska Native (†) (†) 217 (5.6) 208 (3.5) 223 (1.0) 226 (0.9) 228 (0.7)
                             
Control of school                            
Public 212 (1.1) 219 (0.8) 222 (1.1) 224 (1.0) 234 (0.2) 237 (0.2) 239 (0.2)
Private, total 224 (2.6) 228 (1.1) 235 (1.9) 238 (0.8) 244 (0.7) 246 (0.8) (†)
Catholic 219 (3.0) 228 (1.2) 232 (2.5) 237 (1.2) 244 (0.8) 244 (0.7) 246 (1.1)
Lutheran (†) (†) (†) (†) 245 (1.5) 245 (1.3) (†)
Conservative Christian (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
                             
8th-graders, all students 263 (1.3) 268 (0.9) 270 (0.9) 273 (0.8) 278 (0.3) 279 (0.2) 281 (0.3)
Sex                            
Male 263 (1.6) 268 (1.1) 271 (1.1) 274 (0.9) 278 (0.3) 280 (0.2) 282 (0.3)
Female 262 (1.3) 269 (1.0) 269 (1.1) 272 (0.9) 277 (0.3) 278 (0.2) 280 (0.3)
                             
Race/ethnicity                            
White 270 (1.3) 277 (1.0) 281 (1.1) 284 (0.8) 288 (0.3) 289 (0.2) 291 (0.3)
Black 237 (2.7) 237 (1.3) 240 (1.9) 244 (1.2) 252 (0.5) 255 (0.4) 260 (0.4)
Hispanic 246 (4.3) 249 (1.2) 251 (1.7) 253 (1.3) 259 (0.6) 262 (0.4) 265 (0.4)
Asian/Pacific Islander 275 (5.0) 290 (5.9) (†) 288 (3.5) 291 (1.3) 295 (0.9) 297 (0.9)
American Indian/Alaska Native (†) (†) (†) 259 (7.5) 263 (1.8) 264 (0.9) 264 (1.2)
                             
Parents' highest level of education                            
Did not finish high school 242 (2.0) 249 (1.7) 250 (2.0) 253 (1.4) 257 (0.6) 259 (0.5) 263 (0.5)
Graduated high school 255 (1.6) 257 (1.2) 260 (1.3) 261 (1.0) 267 (0.4) 267 (0.3) 270 (0.4)
Some education after high school 267 (1.6) 271 (1.1) 277 (1.2) 277 (1.1) 280 (0.4) 280 (0.3) 283 (0.4)
Graduated college 274 (1.5) 281 (1.2) 281 (1.2) 286 (1.0) 288 (0.3) 290 (0.2) 292 (0.3)
                             
Control of school                            
Public 262 (1.4) 267 (1.0) 269 (1.0) 272 (0.9) 276 (0.3) 278 (0.2) 280 (0.3)
Private, total 271 (2.5) 281 (2.2) 285 (1.8) 286 (1.2) 292 (1.2) (†) 293 (1.3)
Catholic 271 (3.5) 278 (2.1) 285 (2.3) 284 (1.5) 289 (1.4) 290 (1.2) 292 (1.6)
Lutheran (†) (†) (†) (†) 296 (1.6) 293 (2.3) (†)
Conservative Christian (†) (†) (†) (†) 286 (2.6) (†) (†)
                             
12th-graders, all students 294 (1.1) 299 (0.9) 302 (1.0) 300 (1.0) (†) (†) (†)
Sex                            
Male 297 (1.4) 301 (1.1) 303 (1.2) 302 (1.2) (†) (†) (†)
Female 291 (1.3) 298 (1.0) 300 (1.2) 299 (1.0) (†) (†) (†)
                             
Race/ethnicity                            
White 300 (1.2) 305 (0.9) 309 (1.2) 307 (1.1) (†) (†) (†)
Black 268 (2.0) 275 (1.8) 275 (1.6) 273 (2.0) (†) (†) (†)
Hispanic 276 (3.8) 286 (1.6) 284 (2.2) 282 (2.0) (†) (†) (†)
Asian/Pacific Islander 311 (5.2) 312 (4.2) 305 (2.7) 315 (4.2) (†) (†) (†)
American Indian/Alaska Native (†) (†) (†) 294 (5.0) (†) (†) (†)
                             
Parents' highest level of education                            
Did not finish high school 272 (2.1) 278 (1.7) 280 (2.0) 278 (1.6) (†) (†) (†)
Graduated high school 283 (2.0) 288 (1.4) 290 (1.0) 287 (1.3) (†) (†) (†)
Some education after high school 297 (1.2) 299 (1.0) 302 (0.9) 299 (1.2) (†) (†) (†)
Graduated college 306 (1.6) 311 (1.2) 313 (1.3) 312 (1.3) (†) (†) (†)
                             
Control of school                            
Public 294 (1.2) 297 (1.0) 301 (1.1) 299 (1.1) (†) (†) (†)
Private, total 300 (3.6) 314 (2.3) 310 (2.6) 315 (1.1) (†) (†) (†)
Catholic 301 (4.6) 311 (2.5) 309 (2.5) 314 (1.4) (†) (†) (†)
Lutheran (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Conservative Christian (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
— Not available.
† Not applicable.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
1 Accommodations were not permitted for this assessment.
NOTE: Scale ranges from 0 to 500. Includes public and private schools. Excludes persons not enrolled in school and those who were unable to be tested due to limited proficiency in English or due to a disability. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Some data have been revised from previously published figures. Standard errors appear in parentheses.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 1990, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2003, 2005, and 2007 Mathematics Assessments, retrieved June 16, 2008, from the NAEP Data Explorer (http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/nde/). (This table was prepared June 2008.)