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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 characteristics: 2015
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Student 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 276 (0.4) 282 (0.4) 288 (0.4) 286 (0.6) 295 (0.6) 284 (0.4) 281 (0.4) 272 (0.6) 282 (0.5) 281 (0.3) 286 (0.5) 289 (0.8)
Sex                                                
Male 277 (0.5) 282 (0.5) 287 (0.5) 285 (0.7) 297 (0.9) 284 (0.4) 281 (0.5) 270 (0.8) 281 (0.6) 281 (0.4) 286 (0.6) 291 (0.9)
Female 275 (0.5) 282 (0.4) 288 (0.6) 286 (0.8) 293 (0.8) 284 (0.5) 281 (0.6) 273 (0.7) 283 (0.7) 281 (0.4) 285 (0.6) 287 (1.1)
                                                 
Race/ethnicity                                                
White 282 (0.5) 292 (0.4) 298 (0.4) 298 (0.6) 301 (0.6) 293 (0.4) 291 (0.5) 281 (0.7) 289 (0.6) 291 (0.3) 296 (0.5) 298 (0.9)
Black 258 (1.0) 260 (0.8) 264 (0.7) 263 (0.9) 272 (1.6) 263 (0.6) 260 (0.8) 252 (1.2) 261 (1.1) 260 (0.6) 265 (0.8) 265 (1.5)
Hispanic 264 (1.0) 269 (0.7) 274 (0.8) 273 (1.0) 281 (1.6) 272 (0.7) 269 (0.8) 264 (1.3) 271 (1.0) 269 (0.5) 273 (0.9) 277 (1.9)
Asian 300 (2.0) 306 (2.0) 312 (2.2) 310 (2.8) 325 (2.7) 308 (1.9) 305 (1.7) 293 (3.3) 305 (2.9) 305 (2.0) 311 (1.8) 318 (2.9)
Pacific Islander 271 (5.3) 273 (5.1) 291 (4.2) 266 (6.2) 296 (6.1) 277 (3.9) 277 (6.3) 260 (4.2) 286 (7.7) 275 (4.7) 274 (5.9) 287 (7.4)
American Indian/Alaska Native 262 (3.0) 269 (2.2) 272 (2.3) 270 (3.9) 284 (6.1) 272 (1.9) 265 (2.2) 259 (2.9) 268 (2.8) 266 (1.7) 273 (3.3) 279 (5.9)
Two or more races 274 (1.8) 287 (1.8) 289 (2.0) 291 (2.5) 294 (2.9) 285 (1.4) 286 (2.2) 275 (2.9) 283 (2.3) 286 (1.5) 284 (2.1) 292 (3.7)
                                                 
Eligibility for free or reduced-price lunch                                                
Eligible 264 (0.5) 267 (0.5) 273 (0.5) 271 (0.6) 280 (0.8) 271 (0.4) 267 (0.5) 258 (0.6) 266 (0.5) 267 (0.4) 272 (0.5) 275 (1.2)
Not eligible 286 (0.5) 295 (0.4) 302 (0.6) 303 (0.8) 306 (0.7) 297 (0.4) 295 (0.5) 287 (0.8) 294 (0.6) 295 (0.4) 299 (0.6) 304 (1.0)
Unknown 282 (2.4) 298 (1.7) 298 (1.7) 299 (2.6) 308 (3.9) 294 (1.6) 294 (1.8) 283 (2.7) 292 (2.3) 294 (1.7) 300 (2.6) 303 (3.3)
                                                 
Highest education level of either parent2                                                
Did not finish high school 260 (1.2) 265 (0.9) 269 (1.3) 268 (1.7) 275 (2.2) 269 (1.0) 263 (1.1) 256 (1.6) 261 (1.4) 264 (0.8) 270 (1.3) 276 (2.2)
Graduated high school 265 (0.8) 267 (0.8) 272 (0.7) 269 (1.2) 279 (1.5) 270 (0.6) 267 (0.7) 257 (1.1) 267 (1.1) 267 (0.6) 272 (0.9) 270 (1.6)
Some education after high school 278 (0.9) 282 (0.7) 285 (0.8) 286 (1.1) 293 (1.3) 284 (0.6) 281 (0.7) 272 (1.1) 278 (0.9) 282 (0.6) 287 (0.9) 292 (1.7)
Graduated college 285 (0.5) 294 (0.5) 299 (0.6) 298 (0.7) 305 (0.8) 295 (0.5) 293 (0.5) 285 (0.7) 293 (0.6) 293 (0.4) 296 (0.6) 300 (0.8)
  Percent of students
All students 20 (0.2) 35 (0.3) 29 (0.3) 15 (0.2) 11 (0.2) 44 (0.3) 34 (0.3) 12 (0.1) 18 (0.2) 55 (0.2) 20 (0.2) 7 (0.1)
Sex                                                
Male 20 (0.3) 33 (0.3) 30 (0.3) 16 (0.2) 11 (0.2) 43 (0.3) 35 (0.3) 11 (0.2) 16 (0.2) 55 (0.3) 22 (0.3) 7 (0.2)
Female 20 (0.3) 37 (0.3) 29 (0.3) 15 (0.2) 11 (0.3) 44 (0.4) 33 (0.4) 12 (0.2) 20 (0.4) 55 (0.3) 19 (0.3) 6 (0.2)
                                                 
Race/ethnicity                                                
White 23 (0.3) 35 (0.3) 28 (0.3) 14 (0.3) 12 (0.2) 43 (0.4) 34 (0.3) 11 (0.2) 21 (0.3) 54 (0.3) 18 (0.2) 6 (0.2)
Black 18 (0.5) 34 (0.6) 28 (0.5) 20 (0.5) 9 (0.3) 43 (0.6) 33 (0.6) 15 (0.3) 16 (0.4) 55 (0.6) 22 (0.5) 7 (0.3)
Hispanic 17 (0.4) 36 (0.5) 31 (0.6) 16 (0.5) 9 (0.4) 44 (0.6) 35 (0.6) 11 (0.3) 13 (0.4) 58 (0.6) 22 (0.5) 7 (0.3)
Asian 14 (1.0) 33 (1.4) 34 (0.9) 19 (1.3) 14 (0.9) 48 (1.3) 29 (1.1) 9 (0.7) 10 (0.9) 54 (1.2) 27 (1.2) 10 (0.7)
Pacific Islander 17 (4.1) 29 (3.4) 36 (4.1) 18 (2.6) 11 (2.6) 43 (3.7) 35 (2.9) 11 (1.8) 13 (2.5) 56 (3.7) 21 (3.2) 10 (2.6)
American Indian/Alaska Native 19 (1.5) 35 (1.9) 32 (2.1) 14 (1.0) 9 (1.3) 41 (2.2) 38 (2.3) 12 (1.0) 18 (1.4) 55 (2.1) 20 (1.8) 7 (1.0)
Two or more races 22 (1.0) 34 (1.3) 30 (1.3) 14 (0.9) 12 (0.8) 42 (1.6) 36 (1.8) 11 (0.7) 19 (1.1) 55 (1.3) 20 (1.1) 6 (0.6)
                                                 
Eligibility for free or reduced-price lunch                                                
Eligible 19 (0.3) 35 (0.3) 30 (0.3) 17 (0.3) 10 (0.2) 44 (0.4) 34 (0.4) 12 (0.2) 15 (0.3) 56 (0.3) 22 (0.3) 7 (0.2)
Not eligible 22 (0.3) 35 (0.4) 29 (0.3) 14 (0.3) 12 (0.2) 43 (0.4) 34 (0.4) 11 (0.2) 20 (0.3) 55 (0.4) 19 (0.3) 6 (0.2)
Unknown 21 (1.2) 34 (1.1) 29 (1.3) 17 (0.9) 11 (0.9) 41 (1.1) 37 (1.2) 11 (0.7) 23 (1.3) 55 (1.2) 16 (1.0) 5 (0.5)
                                                 
Highest education level of either parent2                                                
Did not finish high school 20 (0.6) 36 (0.7) 29 (0.7) 15 (0.7) 9 (0.5) 43 (1.0) 35 (1.0) 13 (0.6) 15 (0.6) 56 (0.9) 22 (0.6) 7 (0.5)
Graduated high school 21 (0.5) 36 (0.6) 28 (0.5) 15 (0.4) 9 (0.3) 44 (0.5) 35 (0.6) 12 (0.3) 16 (0.4) 58 (0.6) 20 (0.5) 6 (0.3)
Some education after high school 21 (0.4) 36 (0.5) 29 (0.5) 14 (0.4) 11 (0.5) 45 (0.7) 33 (0.7) 11 (0.4) 19 (0.4) 55 (0.5) 20 (0.5) 6 (0.3)
Graduated college 20 (0.3) 34 (0.4) 30 (0.3) 16 (0.3) 12 (0.2) 43 (0.3) 34 (0.4) 11 (0.2) 19 (0.3) 54 (0.3) 20 (0.3) 7 (0.2)
1 Scale ranges from 0 to 500.
2 Based on student reports. The category of students whose parents have an unknown level of education is not shown, although data for these students is included in table totals.
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 (2 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), 2015 Mathematics Assessment, retrieved October 29, 2015, from the Main NAEP Data Explorer (http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/naepdata/). (This table was prepared October 2015.)

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