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Table 222.30 Average National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics scale score of 8th-graders with various attitudes toward mathematics and percentage reporting these attitudes, by selected student and school characteristics: 2013
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Student or school characteristic Math work is engaging and interesting Math work is challenging Math work is too easy
Never or hardly ever Sometimes Often Always/ almost always Never or hardly ever Sometimes Often Always/ almost always Never or hardly ever Sometimes Often Always/ almost always
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
  Average scale score1
All students 280 (0.4) 284 (0.4) 289 (0.3) 287 (0.6) 295 (0.6) 286 (0.3) 284 (0.3) 275 (0.5) 285 (0.5) 283 (0.3) 287 (0.3) 290 (0.7)
Sex                                                
Male 281 (0.5) 285 (0.4) 290 (0.4) 287 (0.8) 297 (0.9) 287 (0.4) 284 (0.4) 274 (0.7) 284 (0.7) 284 (0.4) 289 (0.5) 292 (0.9)
Female 279 (0.5) 284 (0.4) 289 (0.4) 288 (0.7) 293 (0.7) 285 (0.3) 284 (0.5) 277 (0.7) 286 (0.6) 283 (0.4) 286 (0.5) 288 (1.0)
                                                 
Race/ethnicity                                                
White 286 (0.4) 294 (0.4) 300 (0.4) 300 (0.7) 303 (0.5) 295 (0.3) 294 (0.4) 286 (0.7) 292 (0.5) 293 (0.3) 297 (0.4) 299 (0.8)
Black 260 (0.8) 263 (0.6) 267 (0.8) 266 (1.0) 273 (1.4) 265 (0.5) 263 (0.7) 255 (0.9) 264 (1.0) 262 (0.5) 266 (0.7) 269 (1.4)
Hispanic 268 (0.9) 271 (0.7) 275 (0.6) 275 (1.2) 279 (1.6) 273 (0.5) 271 (0.8) 264 (0.9) 272 (1.4) 270 (0.6) 275 (0.7) 277 (1.7)
Asian 303 (2.0) 306 (1.8) 314 (1.4) 311 (2.1) 324 (1.8) 310 (1.2) 303 (1.9) 296 (3.6) 311 (2.7) 307 (1.6) 310 (1.6) 316 (2.2)
Pacific Islander 269 (4.7) 278 (4.1) 273 (5.4) 277 (4.6) 289 (7.0) 278 (3.0) 271 (4.4) 265 (3.6) 277 (7.5) 274 (2.7) 275 (5.3) 283 (5.7)
American Indian/
   Alaska Native
270 (2.8) 269 (2.2) 272 (2.2) 271 (3.9) 281 (4.0) 270 (2.2) 271 (2.4) 262 (3.7) 268 (2.9) 268 (1.8) 277 (2.6) 276 (5.3)
Two or more races 281 (1.9) 285 (1.3) 290 (2.2) 302 (5.4) 299 (3.1) 290 (1.7) 285 (1.5) 277 (3.6) 286 (2.5) 285 (1.3) 293 (3.0) 299 (2.8)
                                                 
Eligibility for free or
     reduced-price lunch
                                               
Eligible 267 (0.5) 270 (0.4) 274 (0.4) 272 (0.6) 280 (0.9) 272 (0.3) 269 (0.4) 260 (0.6) 268 (0.7) 269 (0.3) 274 (0.4) 277 (0.9)
Not eligible 289 (0.5) 297 (0.4) 303 (0.4) 303 (0.6) 306 (0.6) 298 (0.4) 296 (0.4) 289 (0.8) 296 (0.5) 296 (0.4) 300 (0.5) 304 (1.0)
Unknown 284 (1.8) 297 (2.4) 306 (2.6) 305 (4.1) 308 (3.7) 299 (2.5) 295 (2.4) 292 (3.8) 296 (3.3) 297 (2.2) 304 (2.6) 302 (5.2)
                                                 
Control of school                                                
Public 279 (0.4) 283 (0.3) 288 (0.3) 286 (0.5) 294 (0.6) 285 (0.3) 283 (0.3) 274 (0.4) 284 (0.5) 282 (0.3) 286 (0.4) 290 (0.7)
Private 284 (1.5) 295 (2.1) 303 (2.1) 303 (3.4) 307 (4.0) 298 (1.8) 292 (1.8) 292 (2.7) 295 (2.4) 294 (1.9) 303 (2.2) 301 (4.7)
  Percent of students
All students 22 (0.2) 35 (0.2) 28 (0.2) 15 (0.2) 12 (0.2) 45 (0.3) 32 (0.2) 11 (0.1) 17 (0.2) 55 (0.2) 21 (0.2) 7 (0.1)
Sex                                                
Male 21 (0.3) 33 (0.3) 29 (0.3) 16 (0.3) 12 (0.2) 45 (0.3) 33 (0.3) 10 (0.2) 15 (0.2) 54 (0.3) 23 (0.2) 8 (0.1)
Female 22 (0.3) 37 (0.2) 27 (0.3) 14 (0.2) 11 (0.2) 45 (0.4) 32 (0.3) 12 (0.2) 20 (0.3) 55 (0.3) 19 (0.2) 6 (0.1)
                                                 
Race/ethnicity                                                
White 25 (0.3) 36 (0.3) 27 (0.2) 12 (0.2) 12 (0.2) 45 (0.3) 32 (0.3) 11 (0.2) 20 (0.3) 54 (0.3) 19 (0.2) 6 (0.1)
Black 18 (0.5) 33 (0.4) 27 (0.4) 21 (0.5) 11 (0.3) 44 (0.5) 32 (0.5) 14 (0.4) 15 (0.4) 54 (0.5) 22 (0.5) 8 (0.3)
Hispanic 19 (0.5) 36 (0.5) 30 (0.5) 16 (0.4) 10 (0.4) 46 (0.6) 33 (0.5) 11 (0.3) 13 (0.4) 56 (0.5) 23 (0.4) 8 (0.2)
Asian 14 (0.8) 37 (1.0) 31 (0.9) 18 (0.8) 14 (0.8) 50 (1.2) 28 (1.1) 8 (0.6) 9 (0.8) 52 (1.2) 27 (0.9) 12 (0.7)
Pacific Islander 15 (1.9) 36 (2.7) 28 (3.1) 21 (2.4) 11 (2.5) 46 (3.0) 33 (2.9) 11 (1.7) 9 (1.5) 57 (3.2) 28 (3.1) 7 (1.9)
American Indian/
   Alaska Native
20 (1.4) 36 (1.5) 28 (1.4) 16 (1.3) 11 (1.3) 44 (1.7) 32 (1.6) 13 (1.0) 16 (1.2) 57 (1.8) 21 (1.2) 7 (1.0)
Two or more races 22 (1.0) 37 (1.3) 28 (1.3) 14 (1.1) 13 (0.9) 44 (1.5) 32 (1.2) 12 (0.8) 18 (0.9) 52 (1.1) 22 (0.9) 8 (0.7)
                                                 
Eligibility for free or
     reduced-price lunch
                                               
Eligible 20 (0.3) 35 (0.3) 28 (0.3) 16 (0.3) 11 (0.2) 45 (0.3) 32 (0.3) 12 (0.2) 14 (0.2) 55 (0.3) 23 (0.3) 8 (0.2)
Not eligible 23 (0.3) 36 (0.2) 28 (0.3) 13 (0.2) 12 (0.2) 45 (0.3) 32 (0.3) 10 (0.2) 19 (0.3) 54 (0.3) 20 (0.2) 7 (0.1)
Unknown 22 (1.3) 33 (1.1) 28 (1.3) 16 (1.1) 11 (0.8) 45 (1.5) 33 (1.2) 11 (0.8) 23 (1.2) 56 (1.3) 16 (0.7) 5 (0.5)
                                                 
Control of school                                                
Public 22 (0.2) 36 (0.2) 28 (0.2) 15 (0.2) 12 (0.2) 45 (0.2) 32 (0.2) 11 (0.1) 17 (0.2) 54 (0.2) 21 (0.2) 8 (0.1)
Private 23 (0.9) 34 (1.0) 28 (1.0) 15 (0.9) 10 (0.6) 43 (1.3) 35 (1.1) 12 (0.7) 24 (1.0) 57 (1.1) 15 (0.7) 5 (0.4)
1 Scale ranges from 0 to 500.
NOTE: Includes public and private schools. Includes students tested with accommodations (12 percent of all 8th-grade students); excludes only those students with disabilities and English language learners who were unable to be tested even with accommodations (1 percent of all 8th-grade students). Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2011 Mathematics Assessment, retrieved November 15, 2013, from the Main NAEP Data Explorer (http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/naepdata/). (This table was prepared November 2013.)

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