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Table 223.25. Average National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) science scale scores of 8th-graders with various attitudes toward science and percentage reporting these attitudes, by selected student characteristics: 2011
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Student characteristic Take science only because it will help in future Like science Take science only because required
Strongly disagree Disagree Agree Strongly agree Strongly disagree Disagree Agree Strongly agree Strongly disagree Disagree Agree Strongly agree
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
  Average scale score1
All students 154 (0.5) 161 (0.4) 150 (0.3) 143 (0.5) 136 (0.6) 144 (0.5) 155 (0.3) 166 (0.5) 164 (0.5) 160 (0.4) 146 (0.3) 138 (0.5)
Sex                                                
Male 156 (0.7) 163 (0.4) 153 (0.4) 145 (0.7) 136 (0.9) 146 (0.7) 157 (0.4) 168 (0.7) 166 (0.6) 162 (0.5) 148 (0.5) 140 (0.7)
Female 152 (0.9) 158 (0.5) 148 (0.5) 141 (0.6) 136 (0.8) 144 (0.6) 153 (0.5) 162 (0.7) 161 (0.7) 158 (0.6) 144 (0.5) 137 (0.6)
                                                 
Race/ethnicity                                                
White 164 (0.6) 169 (0.4) 161 (0.3) 158 (0.6) 148 (0.6) 156 (0.5) 165 (0.3) 175 (0.5) 174 (0.5) 170 (0.4) 157 (0.4) 150 (0.6)
Black 132 (1.3) 137 (1.3) 130 (0.8) 123 (0.9) 120 (1.1) 124 (0.8) 131 (0.6) 141 (1.2) 139 (1.6) 137 (0.7) 126 (0.7) 121 (0.8)
Hispanic 140 (1.6) 145 (1.0) 135 (0.7) 132 (1.0) 124 (1.3) 129 (1.1) 140 (0.6) 151 (1.3) 149 (1.1) 144 (0.9) 132 (0.9) 129 (0.9)
Asian 165 (2.8) 170 (1.9) 159 (2.1) 156 (2.0) 140 (3.3) 151 (2.2) 162 (1.7) 177 (2.1) 176 (2.4) 167 (2.1) 155 (2.0) 144 (2.3)
Pacific Islander 143 (6.5) 146 (3.9) 139 (2.2) 137 (5.1) 117 (5.3) 130 (3.4) 147 (3.1) 153 (3.6) 150 (4.8) 150 (3.4) 134 (3.8) 126 (3.4)
American Indian/
   Alaska Native
140 (4.4) 151 (2.2) 141 (1.9) 134 (2.2) 126 (3.2) 138 (2.3) 146 (2.2) 150 (3.1) 149 (3.3) 150 (2.0) 140 (2.7) 132 (3.2)
Two or more races 158 (5.0) 161 (1.8) 153 (1.6) 155 (4.2) 139 (4.6) 147 (2.3) 159 (1.2) 170 (3.6) 167 (3.9) 163 (1.7) 152 (2.2) 139 (2.6)
                                                 
Eligibility for free or
     reduced-price lunch
                                               
Eligible 140 (0.7) 146 (0.5) 136 (0.4) 130 (0.6) 125 (0.7) 131 (0.7) 140 (0.4) 149 (0.6) 147 (0.5) 145 (0.5) 133 (0.5) 128 (0.6)
Not eligible 165 (0.7) 170 (0.4) 162 (0.4) 158 (0.6) 147 (0.6) 156 (0.6) 166 (0.4) 176 (0.5) 175 (0.6) 170 (0.5) 158 (0.5) 150 (0.5)
Unknown 168 (3.9) 170 (2.3) 161 (2.4) 154 (3.7) 147 (5.4) 156 (2.6) 166 (1.9) 177 (3.4) 174 (3.1) 170 (2.5) 157 (2.4) 147 (5.1)
                                                 
Parents' highest level
     of education
                                               
Did not finish high school 134 (1.9) 142 (1.3) 130 (1.4) 128 (1.5) 125 (1.8) 126 (1.6) 136 (0.9) 144 (1.8) 140 (1.6) 140 (1.3) 128 (1.2) 129 (1.5)
  Graduated high school 143 (1.4) 148 (0.9) 139 (0.6) 132 (1.1) 129 (1.0) 135 (0.8) 143 (0.6) 153 (1.0) 151 (1.2) 148 (0.7) 136 (0.7) 132 (0.7)
  Some education after
     high school
156 (1.3) 160 (0.8) 152 (0.6) 145 (0.9) 140 (1.3) 146 (0.9) 156 (0.5) 165 (1.0) 164 (0.9) 160 (0.8) 149 (0.7) 141 (0.9)
  Graduated college 165 (0.8) 170 (0.4) 161 (0.4) 153 (0.7) 145 (0.9) 155 (0.6) 164 (0.4) 174 (0.5) 173 (0.6) 169 (0.4) 156 (0.5) 146 (0.8)
  Percent of students
All students 12 (0.2) 32 (0.3) 39 (0.2) 18 (0.2) 12 (0.2) 19 (0.3) 50 (0.3) 19 (0.3) 18 (0.2) 34 (0.3) 30 (0.2) 17 (0.2)
Sex                                                
Male 14 (0.3) 33 (0.4) 36 (0.4) 16 (0.3) 11 (0.2) 16 (0.3) 51 (0.4) 22 (0.4) 21 (0.3) 35 (0.4) 27 (0.3) 17 (0.2)
Female 10 (0.2) 30 (0.4) 41 (0.4) 19 (0.3) 12 (0.3) 23 (0.4) 49 (0.4) 16 (0.3) 15 (0.2) 34 (0.4) 33 (0.4) 18 (0.3)
                                                 
Race/ethnicity                                                
White 13 (0.2) 36 (0.4) 37 (0.4) 13 (0.2) 10 (0.2) 19 (0.3) 50 (0.4) 20 (0.3) 20 (0.2) 37 (0.4) 28 (0.3) 16 (0.2)
Black 12 (0.5) 22 (0.7) 37 (0.7) 29 (0.6) 16 (0.5) 20 (0.6) 46 (0.6) 19 (0.6) 17 (0.7) 28 (0.6) 30 (0.7) 25 (0.5)
Hispanic 11 (0.4) 27 (0.6) 42 (0.6) 20 (0.6) 13 (0.5) 21 (0.7) 50 (0.6) 16 (0.5) 15 (0.5) 33 (0.6) 35 (0.6) 18 (0.5)
Asian 9 (0.8) 26 (1.4) 42 (1.7) 22 (1.1) 8 (0.8) 16 (0.8) 57 (1.4) 19 (1.1) 19 (0.9) 37 (1.4) 30 (1.4) 14 (0.8)
Pacific Islander 11 (2.5) 26 (3.3) 39 (3.7) 23 (3.3) 15 (2.9) 21 (3.1) 50 (4.3) 15 (2.6) 14 (2.9) 37 (3.9) 30 (2.8) 18 (2.9)
American Indian/
   Alaska Native
10 (1.2) 27 (1.8) 44 (2.0) 18 (1.1) 14 (1.3) 19 (1.2) 52 (1.6) 15 (1.3) 14 (1.3) 29 (1.5) 37 (1.7) 19 (1.5)
Two or more races 13 (1.4) 33 (2.0) 36 (1.9) 18 (1.7) 14 (1.8) 18 (1.0) 47 (2.0) 21 (1.8) 20 (2.4) 34 (1.9) 28 (1.7) 19 (1.5)
                                                 
Eligibility for free or
     reduced-price lunch
                                               
Eligible 12 (0.2) 27 (0.3) 40 (0.3) 21 (0.3) 14 (0.3) 20 (0.3) 49 (0.3) 17 (0.3) 16 (0.3) 31 (0.4) 32 (0.3) 21 (0.3)
Not eligible 12 (0.2) 35 (0.3) 38 (0.3) 15 (0.3) 10 (0.2) 18 (0.3) 51 (0.4) 20 (0.3) 20 (0.3) 37 (0.4) 28 (0.3) 15 (0.2)
Unknown 12 (1.9) 38 (2.9) 35 (2.7) 15 (1.6) 10 (1.2) 20 (2.1) 48 (2.5) 22 (2.1) 22 (2.1) 36 (2.5) 30 (2.4) 12 (1.4)
                                                 
Parents' highest level
     of education
                                               
Did not finish high school 12 (0.6) 27 (1.1) 40 (1.0) 20 (0.9) 16 (0.7) 23 (0.9) 45 (1.1) 15 (0.7) 14 (0.6) 29 (0.9) 34 (1.0) 23 (0.9)
  Graduated high school 12 (0.4) 31 (0.6) 39 (0.6) 18 (0.5) 13 (0.4) 21 (0.4) 50 (0.6) 16 (0.6) 15 (0.5) 32 (0.6) 32 (0.6) 20 (0.4)
  Some education after
     high school
12 (0.3) 31 (0.5) 39 (0.5) 17 (0.4) 12 (0.4) 20 (0.5) 50 (0.6) 18 (0.5) 18 (0.4) 35 (0.6) 29 (0.5) 18 (0.5)
  Graduated college 12 (0.3) 33 (0.4) 38 (0.4) 17 (0.3) 10 (0.3) 18 (0.4) 51 (0.5) 22 (0.3) 21 (0.3) 37 (0.5) 28 (0.4) 15 (0.3)
1 Scale ranges from 0 to 300.
NOTE: Includes public and private schools. Includes students tested with accommodations (11 percent of all 8th-graders); excludes only those students with disabilities and English language learners who were unable to be tested even with accommodations (2 percent of all 8th-graders). Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2011 Science Assessment, retrieved November 22, 2013, from the Main NAEP Data Explorer (http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/naepdata/). (This table was prepared November 2013.)

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