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Table 140. Average science scale score of 12th-graders and percentage reporting various attitudes toward science, by selected student and school characteristics: 2005
Student or school characteristic Like science Science is boring Science is useful for problem solving Good at science
Disagree Not sure Agree Disagree Not sure Agree Disagree Not sure Agree Disagree Not sure Agree
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
  Average scale score1 
All students 137 (0.8) 139 (0.9) 158 (0.7) 156 (0.6) 146 (0.9) 137 (0.8) 137 (1.2) 143 (0.8) 155 (0.7) 134 (0.8) 143 (0.6) 161 (0.8)
Sex                                                
Male 136 (1.1) 140 (1.1) 160 (0.9) 158 (0.9) 149 (1.3) 138 (1.0) 137 (1.2) 144 (1.1) 158 (0.8) 133 (1.2) 143 (0.9) 163 (1.0)
Female 137 (0.9) 138 (1.2) 155 (0.8) 153 (0.7) 145 (1.1) 136 (0.9) 137 (1.5) 143 (0.9) 152 (0.8) 134 (1.0) 143 (0.7) 159 (0.9)
                                                 
Race/ethnicity                                                
White 145 (0.9) 149 (0.9) 166 (0.6) 165 (0.6) 155 (0.9) 145 (0.9) 145 (1.2) 152 (0.8) 164 (0.6) 142 (0.9) 152 (0.7) 168 (0.7)
Black 113 (1.5) 114 (1.7) 129 (1.3) 127 (1.1) 119 (1.5) 113 (1.6) 115 (1.9) 118 (1.6) 125 (1.3) 111 (1.6) 118 (1.3) 130 (1.4)
Hispanic 121 (1.7) 119 (1.9) 138 (1.8) 136 (1.9) 125 (1.9) 121 (1.6) 122 (2.0) 127 (2.1) 135 (1.9) 121 (1.8) 126 (1.5) 145 (2.0)
Asian/Pacific Islander 137 (3.4) 146 (2.7) 163 (2.0) 160 (2.0) 152 (2.9) 141 (3.5) 141 (4.2) 145 (2.9) 161 (2.1) 137 (2.7) 147 (2.2) 169 (2.5)
American Indian/Alaska Native (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
                                                 
Eligibility for free or reduced-price lunch                                                
Eligible 121 (1.2) 121 (1.3) 139 (1.3) 136 (1.3) 128 (1.6) 120 (1.1) 121 (1.6) 126 (1.4) 136 (1.2) 120 (1.4) 126 (1.0) 142 (1.7)
Not eligible 141 (0.8) 144 (1.0) 162 (0.6) 161 (0.6) 152 (0.8) 141 (0.9) 142 (1.4) 148 (0.8) 161 (0.7) 138 (0.9) 148 (0.7) 165 (0.7)
Unknown 145 (2.0) 153 (2.3) 167 (2.0) 165 (1.8) 156 (2.9) 147 (2.0) 146 (2.8) 153 (2.4) 165 (1.7) 144 (2.0) 155 (2.2) 170 (2.0)
                                                 
Control of school                                                
Public 135 (0.8) 138 (0.9) 156 (0.7) 154 (0.7) 145 (0.9) 136 (0.9) 136 (1.2) 142 (0.8) 154 (0.7) 133 (0.8) 142 (0.7) 160 (0.8)
Private (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
  Percent of students
All students 31 (0.4) 19 (0.4) 50 (0.5) 46 (0.5) 23 (0.5) 31 (0.4) 20 (0.4) 32 (0.5) 48 (0.6) 26 (0.5) 35 (0.5) 39 (0.6)
Sex                                                
Male 26 (0.6) 19 (0.5) 55 (0.8) 47 (0.8) 23 (0.7) 30 (0.6) 19 (0.5) 31 (0.8) 51 (0.8) 21 (0.6) 35 (0.8) 45 (0.8)
Female 35 (0.6) 19 (0.5) 46 (0.6) 45 (0.7) 23 (0.7) 32 (0.7) 20 (0.6) 34 (0.7) 46 (0.8) 31 (0.6) 35 (0.7) 34 (0.6)
                                                 
Race/ethnicity                                                
White 30 (0.6) 18 (0.5) 52 (0.6) 46 (0.6) 23 (0.6) 31 (0.5) 19 (0.5) 32 (0.6) 49 (0.7) 24 (0.6) 34 (0.6) 42 (0.7)
Black 36 (1.0) 19 (0.8) 45 (1.1) 45 (1.0) 18 (0.9) 37 (1.2) 22 (1.1) 30 (0.9) 48 (1.5) 31 (1.3) 30 (1.2) 39 (1.3)
Hispanic 28 (1.1) 23 (1.1) 49 (1.2) 47 (1.3) 27 (1.1) 26 (1.1) 22 (1.0) 35 (1.3) 43 (1.2) 28 (1.0) 45 (1.5) 27 (1.3)
Asian/Pacific Islander 23 (2.0) 24 (2.0) 53 (2.6) 48 (2.6) 28 (2.1) 24 (2.1) 13 (1.6) 31 (2.1) 56 (2.4) 23 (1.6) 40 (2.4) 37 (2.2)
American Indian/Alaska Native 36 (5.5) 16 (5.1) 47 (7.1) 40 (5.4) 21 (4.2) 39 (4.8) 15 (4.2) 41 (5.3) 44 (6.1) 31 (5.1) 34 (4.2) 35 (4.3)
                                                 
Eligibility for free or reduced-price lunch                                                
Eligible 31 (0.8) 21 (0.9) 48 (1.0) 46 (1.0) 24 (0.7) 30 (1.1) 21 (0.9) 32 (1.0) 47 (1.0) 29 (0.7) 39 (1.0) 32 (1.1)
Not eligible 31 (0.6) 19 (0.6) 51 (0.7) 45 (0.7) 23 (0.6) 32 (0.6) 20 (0.5) 32 (0.6) 48 (0.7) 25 (0.6) 33 (0.6) 42 (0.6)
Unknown 29 (1.4) 17 (0.9) 54 (1.5) 48 (1.4) 24 (1.1) 28 (1.2) 16 (0.8) 30 (1.3) 53 (1.7) 24 (1.1) 36 (1.5) 40 (1.8)
                                                 
Control of school                                                
Public 31 (0.5) 19 (0.4) 50 (0.6) 46 (0.6) 23 (0.5) 31 (0.5) 20 (0.4) 33 (0.5) 48 (0.6) 26 (0.5) 35 (0.6) 39 (0.6)
Private (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
† Not applicable.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
1 Scale ranges from 0 to 300.
NOTE: Includes public and private schools. Includes students for whom accommodations were permitted. Excludes students unable to be tested (even with accommodations) due to limited proficiency in English or due to a disability. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. 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), 2005 Science Assessment, retrieved August 15, 2008, from the NAEP Data Explorer (http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/nde/). (This table was prepared August 2008.)

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