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Table 222.35. Average National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics scale score and percentage distribution of 12th-graders, by frequency of experiencing various attitudes in math class and 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 143 (0.9) 152 (0.8) 162 (0.9) 165 (1.7) 155 (1.5) 153 (0.9) 156 (0.9) 152 (1.1) 154 (0.8) 153 (0.9) 156 (1.4) 158 (1.9)
Sex                                                
Male 146 (1.2) 152 (1.1) 163 (1.1) 169 (2.2) 158 (1.8) 156 (1.2) 157 (1.2) 155 (1.8) 157 (1.1) 154 (1.1) 159 (1.4) 161 (2.0)
Female 140 (1.2) 152 (0.8) 162 (1.1) 161 (2.2) 150 (2.4) 150 (1.0) 155 (1.1) 151 (1.3) 153 (1.0) 152 (1.0) 152 (1.7) 152 (2.6)
                                                 
Race/ethnicity                                                
White 150 (1.2) 161 (0.9) 173 (1.1) 178 (2.1) 161 (1.9) 162 (1.1) 165 (1.0) 164 (1.3) 162 (1.1) 164 (1.1) 166 (1.4) 164 (2.2)
Black 126 (2.0) 130 (1.6) 135 (1.8) 136 (3.6) 133 (3.6) 130 (1.5) 132 (2.0) 131 (2.4) 135 (2.1) 128 (1.5) 132 (2.4) 135 (3.7)
Hispanic 131 (1.6) 140 (1.4) 145 (1.2) 151 (2.5) 139 (3.5) 142 (1.3) 142 (1.4) 137 (1.8) 140 (1.6) 139 (1.2) 145 (1.7) 146 (3.5)
Asian 158 (3.8) 169 (3.5) 184 (2.1) 184 (4.1) (†) 173 (3.7) 177 (3.0) 172 (4.7) 178 (2.9) 174 (3.1) 171 (4.4) (†)
Pacific Islander (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
American Indian/Alaska Native (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Two or more races 149 (4.1) 160 (3.9) (†) (†) (†) 166 (4.4) 159 (3.7) (†) 159 (3.4) 159 (3.3) (†) (†)
                                                 
Eligibility for free or
      reduced-price lunch
                                               
Eligible 130 (1.4) 137 (1.1) 144 (1.4) 147 (2.3) 139 (2.4) 140 (1.1) 139 (1.4) 134 (1.4) 137 (1.2) 137 (0.9) 143 (1.5) 144 (2.6)
Not eligible 150 (1.1) 161 (0.9) 172 (1.2) 178 (2.4) 161 (1.9) 161 (1.2) 165 (1.1) 162 (1.4) 161 (1.2) 164 (1.2) 164 (1.6) 166 (2.7)
Unknown 158 (3.7) 166 (2.3) 181 (2.4) 185 (4.5) (†) 172 (2.6) 170 (2.9) 172 (2.6) 170 (2.1) 169 (3.5) 177 (4.3) (†)
                                                 
Highest education level of either parent2                                                
Did not finish high school 128 (1.7) 134 (1.8) 141 (1.9) 136 (5.0) (†) 135 (1.7) 136 (2.4) 130 (2.1) 135 (1.8) 133 (1.8) 139 (2.1) (†)
Graduated high school 130 (1.8) 139 (1.7) 146 (2.0) 151 (3.1) 145 (3.9) 141 (1.6) 141 (1.4) 137 (2.4) 140 (1.9) 139 (1.2) 142 (2.2) 148 (3.9)
Some education after high school 141 (1.5) 150 (1.2) 158 (1.6) 159 (2.7) 153 (2.9) 150 (1.4) 152 (1.4) 149 (1.9) 148 (1.6) 150 (1.3) 155 (1.7) 156 (2.8)
Graduated college 153 (1.3) 163 (0.9) 174 (1.1) 180 (2.0) 166 (2.1) 164 (1.2) 167 (1.1) 165 (1.4) 165 (1.0) 165 (1.2) 167 (1.7) 169 (2.4)
  Percentage distribution of students
All students 25 (0.5) 36 (0.5) 28 (0.5) 12 (0.4) 7 (0.3) 35 (0.6) 37 (0.6) 20 (0.5) 31 (0.6) 48 (0.5) 16 (0.4) 6 (0.3)
Sex                                                
Male 24 (0.6) 34 (0.6) 30 (0.7) 13 (0.6) 8 (0.4) 37 (0.6) 38 (0.7) 18 (0.6) 26 (0.7) 49 (0.7) 18 (0.5) 7 (0.5)
Female 26 (0.7) 38 (0.8) 26 (0.6) 11 (0.5) 6 (0.4) 34 (0.9) 36 (0.8) 23 (0.7) 35 (0.9) 46 (0.8) 13 (0.6) 5 (0.3)
                                                 
Race/ethnicity                                                
White 26 (0.7) 35 (0.7) 28 (0.7) 11 (0.5) 8 (0.5) 35 (0.8) 38 (0.9) 19 (0.7) 33 (0.8) 46 (0.8) 15 (0.5) 6 (0.5)
Black 25 (1.2) 38 (1.3) 24 (1.1) 13 (0.9) 6 (0.7) 38 (1.3) 33 (1.1) 23 (1.0) 30 (1.2) 48 (1.3) 16 (1.0) 6 (0.6)
Hispanic 23 (0.9) 37 (1.0) 28 (0.9) 13 (0.8) 5 (0.5) 36 (1.0) 38 (1.1) 22 (0.9) 27 (1.1) 50 (1.0) 18 (1.1) 5 (0.5)
Asian 13 (1.4) 36 (1.7) 34 (1.9) 17 (1.7) 6 (1.1) 37 (2.2) 35 (2.7) 22 (1.8) 23 (2.4) 51 (2.9) 18 (2.6) 8 (1.4)
Pacific Islander (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
American Indian/Alaska Native 21 (5.5) 32 (5.3) 39 (6.5) 8 (3.4) 9 (4.3) 23 (4.6) 41 (4.8) 27 (8.0) 25 (4.3) 58 (4.7) 15 (3.2) 2 (1.5)
Two or more races 33 (3.0) 37 (3.1) 21 (2.2) 10 (2.1) 8 (1.7) 33 (3.9) 42 (4.0) 17 (2.6) 36 (4.1) 45 (3.8) 13 (2.8) 6 (1.5)
                                                 
Eligibility for free or
      reduced-price lunch
                                               
Eligible 24 (0.8) 36 (0.7) 26 (0.7) 13 (0.6) 6 (0.5) 39 (0.9) 35 (0.9) 20 (0.7) 26 (0.8) 51 (0.7) 17 (0.7) 6 (0.5)
Not eligible 25 (0.7) 36 (0.7) 28 (0.7) 11 (0.5) 8 (0.4) 34 (0.8) 38 (0.8) 20 (0.7) 33 (0.9) 46 (0.9) 15 (0.6) 6 (0.4)
Unknown 23 (1.8) 34 (2.2) 31 (1.7) 12 (1.3) 5 (0.9) 29 (1.5) 44 (1.6) 22 (1.4) 38 (2.0) 43 (1.9) 13 (1.5) 5 (0.8)
                                                 
Highest education level of either parent2                                                
Did not finish high school 23 (1.5) 37 (1.7) 26 (1.5) 15 (1.4) 5 (0.8) 36 (1.9) 36 (1.8) 23 (1.6) 26 (1.4) 50 (1.7) 19 (1.5) 6 (0.8)
Graduated high school 24 (1.2) 37 (1.3) 27 (1.2) 12 (1.0) 8 (1.0) 38 (1.5) 35 (1.4) 19 (1.1) 26 (1.2) 50 (1.0) 17 (0.9) 7 (0.9)
Some education after high school 25 (1.2) 38 (1.3) 25 (1.2) 12 (0.8) 8 (0.7) 38 (1.0) 36 (1.0) 18 (0.9) 29 (1.1) 47 (1.3) 17 (0.9) 7 (0.7)
Graduated college 24 (0.7) 35 (0.7) 30 (0.8) 12 (0.6) 6 (0.3) 34 (0.7) 38 (0.7) 21 (0.6) 33 (0.9) 46 (0.9) 15 (0.6) 6 (0.3)
†Not applicable.
‡Reporting standards not met (too few cases for a reliable estimate).
1 Scale ranges from 0 to 300.
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 (9 percent of all 12th-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 12th-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 August 15, 2016, from the Main NAEP Data Explorer (http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/naepdata/). (This table was prepared August 2016.)

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