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Table 223.20. Average National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) science scale scores of 4th- and 8th-grade public school students, by race/ethnicity and state: 2009, 2011, and 2015
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
State 4th-graders 8th-graders
2009 2015 2009 2011 2015
Total, all students Race/ethnicity Total, all students Race/ethnicity
White Black Hispanic Asian White Black Hispanic Asian
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
United States 149 (0.3) 153 (0.3) 165 (0.3) 132 (0.4) 138 (0.7) 168 (1.5) 149 (0.3) 151 (0.2) 153 (0.3) 165 (0.3) 131 (0.5) 139 (0.6) 165 (1.0)
                                                     
Alabama 143 (1.2) 145 (1.4) 158 (1.5) 124 (1.8) 129 (3.5) (†) 139 (1.1) 140 (1.4) 141 (1.2) 154 (1.2) 118 (1.7) 131 (3.8) (†)
Alaska (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) 153 (0.7) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Arizona 138 (1.2) 149 (1.4) 166 (1.8) 139 (3.7) 137 (1.9) (†) 141 (1.3) 144 (1.3) 148 (1.2) 162 (1.4) 131 (3.7) 138 (1.4) 169 (3.4)
Arkansas 146 (1.2) 150 (1.1) 159 (1.3) 129 (2.2) 141 (2.2) (†) 144 (1.3) 148 (1.1) 148 (1.0) 159 (1.0) 121 (2.5) 141 (2.2) (†)
California 136 (1.6) 140 (1.7) 161 (2.5) 125 (5.0) 128 (1.6) 164 (4.1) 137 (1.4) 140 (1.3) 143 (1.3) 164 (1.8) 130 (3.5) 129 (1.3) 164 (2.6)
                                                     
Colorado 155 (1.2) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) 156 (1.0) 161 (1.3) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Connecticut 156 (1.1) 154 (1.1) 165 (1.2) 130 (2.8) 135 (2.4) 164 (4.0) 155 (0.9) 155 (1.1) 155 (1.0) 165 (0.9) 131 (2.7) 135 (2.2) 169 (3.9)
Delaware 153 (0.5) 150 (0.8) 163 (0.9) 134 (1.5) 140 (1.9) 171 (3.3) 148 (0.6) 150 (0.6) 149 (0.7) 162 (1.1) 129 (1.3) 142 (1.8) 176 (3.8)
District of Columbia (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) 112 (1.0) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Florida 151 (1.1) 158 (1.2) 169 (1.5) 138 (1.6) 156 (1.6) (†) 146 (1.0) 148 (1.1) 153 (1.2) 164 (1.3) 135 (1.9) 149 (1.8) 171 (4.7)
                                                     
Georgia 144 (1.1) 152 (1.2) 166 (1.2) 135 (1.4) 143 (2.6) 175 (4.4) 147 (1.0) 151 (1.4) 152 (1.2) 165 (1.8) 137 (1.4) 148 (2.2) 170 (4.6)
Hawaii 140 (1.2) 146 (1.0) 162 (2.1) (†) 142 (3.1) 153 (1.5) 139 (0.7) 142 (0.7) 144 (0.8) 163 (1.8) (†) 152 (2.6) 149 (1.3)
Idaho 154 (0.9) 156 (0.8) 161 (0.9) (†) 133 (1.9) (†) 158 (0.9) 159 (0.7) 160 (0.8) 165 (0.8) (†) 141 (1.8) (†)
Illinois 148 (1.3) 151 (1.1) 166 (1.1) 125 (2.4) 137 (1.4) 173 (2.7) 148 (1.4) 147 (1.0) 150 (1.0) 162 (1.1) 126 (2.1) 139 (1.6) 163 (3.3)
Indiana 153 (1.0) 159 (1.1) 165 (1.2) 132 (2.4) 144 (2.4) (†) 152 (1.2) 153 (0.9) 156 (1.2) 163 (1.0) 126 (2.1) 140 (2.7) (†)
                                                     
Iowa 157 (0.9) 159 (1.1) 164 (1.1) 134 (3.6) 141 (2.2) (†) 156 (0.9) 157 (0.8) 159 (1.0) 163 (1.0) 133 (4.0) 144 (2.5) (†)
Kansas (†) 154 (1.4) 162 (1.4) 130 (3.3) 139 (1.7) 164 (5.6) (†) 156 (0.8) 155 (1.1) 163 (1.0) 126 (3.7) 141 (2.6) (†)
Kentucky 161 (1.1) 160 (1.4) 164 (1.4) 138 (4.3) 149 (3.9) (†) 156 (0.8) 157 (0.8) 157 (0.9) 160 (1.1) 134 (2.9) 155 (3.4) (†)
Louisiana 141 (1.4) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) 139 (1.7) 143 (1.7) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Maine 160 (0.8) 158 (0.9) 159 (0.9) 130 (4.2) (†) (†) 158 (0.8) 160 (0.5) 160 (0.6) 161 (0.7) (†) (†) (†)
                                                     
Maryland 150 (1.1) 153 (1.3) 167 (1.6) 133 (1.7) 145 (2.6) 175 (4.2) 148 (1.1) 152 (1.2) 155 (1.2) 168 (1.2) 135 (1.9) 145 (2.5) 179 (2.9)
Massachusetts 160 (1.2) 161 (1.3) 169 (1.3) 140 (3.1) 140 (2.1) 174 (3.0) 160 (1.1) 161 (1.1) 162 (1.3) 170 (1.3) 134 (3.0) 136 (2.6) 174 (3.5)
Michigan 150 (1.2) 154 (1.4) 161 (1.3) 123 (2.5) 142 (3.6) 169 (5.2) 153 (1.4) 157 (1.0) 155 (1.2) 164 (1.3) 125 (1.9) 142 (3.7) 167 (4.5)
Minnesota 158 (1.1) 157 (1.4) 166 (1.1) 125 (4.0) 139 (3.8) 148 (6.8) 159 (1.0) 161 (1.0) 162 (1.0) 171 (0.9) 128 (3.0) 139 (3.3) 147 (4.9)
Mississippi 133 (1.2) 140 (1.3) 158 (1.2) 123 (1.7) 140 (3.5) (†) 132 (1.2) 137 (1.3) 140 (1.4) 158 (1.2) 122 (1.7) 141 (3.8) (†)
                                                     
Missouri 156 (1.4) 155 (1.1) 164 (1.1) 123 (2.6) 145 (3.7) (†) 156 (1.1) 156 (1.1) 159 (1.1) 165 (1.0) 132 (2.6) 142 (3.5) (†)
Montana 160 (0.8) 159 (0.8) 164 (0.8) (†) 146 (3.2) (†) 162 (0.7) 163 (0.7) 161 (0.6) 166 (0.6) (†) 149 (3.1) (†)
Nebraska (†) 162 (1.0) 170 (1.0) 136 (3.8) 143 (1.8) (†) (†) 157 (0.7) 160 (0.8) 167 (0.9) 138 (2.7) 144 (1.6) (†)
Nevada 141 (1.0) 142 (1.2) 155 (1.8) 125 (3.0) 133 (1.3) 155 (3.0) 141 (0.7) 144 (0.8) 149 (0.8) 163 (1.4) 130 (1.9) 138 (1.3) 162 (2.8)
New Hampshire 163 (0.8) 165 (0.8) 167 (0.9) (†) 146 (3.3) 170 (3.6) 160 (0.8) 162 (0.7) 165 (0.6) 167 (0.7) (†) 141 (2.6) 165 (5.7)
                                                     
New Jersey 155 (1.0) 155 (1.4) 167 (1.4) 132 (2.0) 139 (2.7) 175 (4.5) 155 (1.5) 155 (1.2) 156 (1.0) 164 (1.0) 136 (2.6) 139 (2.0) 173 (2.0)
New Mexico 142 (1.1) 143 (0.9) 161 (1.7) 135 (4.2) 137 (1.0) (†) 143 (1.4) 145 (0.8) 143 (0.8) 162 (1.3) (†) 138 (0.9) (†)
New York 148 (0.8) 150 (1.1) 164 (1.4) 130 (2.0) 135 (1.7) 159 (4.0) 149 (1.2) 149 (1.0) 150 (1.3) 164 (1.3) 129 (2.2) 134 (1.8) 158 (3.4)
North Carolina 148 (1.1) 154 (1.1) 167 (1.3) 135 (1.6) 141 (1.9) 165 (5.6) 144 (1.3) 148 (1.1) 150 (1.2) 163 (1.2) 128 (1.9) 143 (2.0) (†)
North Dakota 162 (0.6) 161 (0.7) 165 (0.7) 140 (3.6) 150 (3.2) (†) 162 (0.5) 164 (0.7) 161 (0.6) 166 (0.6) 146 (4.5) 141 (3.9) (†)
                                                     
Ohio 157 (1.2) 157 (1.2) 164 (1.2) 127 (2.3) 144 (6.3) (†) 158 (1.0) 158 (1.0) 157 (1.8) 165 (1.3) 127 (3.2) 142 (12.3) (†)
Oklahoma 148 (0.9) 153 (0.9) 160 (1.0) 137 (1.8) 140 (2.9) (†) 146 (0.9) 148 (1.1) 151 (1.1) 158 (1.0) 129 (2.4) 138 (2.8) (†)
Oregon 151 (1.0) 153 (1.2) 162 (1.3) (†) 132 (1.5) 163 (4.0) 154 (1.0) 155 (0.9) 156 (1.0) 163 (1.0) 131 (4.1) 138 (1.7) 167 (3.4)
Pennsylvania 154 (1.4) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) 154 (1.1) 151 (1.3) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Rhode Island 150 (1.0) 152 (0.9) 162 (1.0) 134 (2.6) 131 (1.7) 160 (4.8) 146 (0.6) 149 (0.7) 151 (0.6) 162 (0.8) 130 (2.7) 127 (1.7) (†)
                                                     
South Carolina 149 (1.2) 155 (1.1) 168 (1.4) 135 (1.7) 148 (2.6) (†) 143 (1.6) 149 (1.0) 151 (1.0) 164 (1.2) 131 (1.4) 143 (2.8) (†)
South Dakota 157 (0.6) 157 (0.7) 163 (0.7) 142 (4.7) 146 (2.8) (†) 161 (0.6) 162 (0.5) 160 (0.7) 166 (0.7) (†) 142 (3.6) (†)
Tennessee 148 (1.2) 157 (1.4) 165 (1.3) 135 (2.7) 146 (2.3) (†) 148 (1.2) 150 (1.0) 156 (1.4) 165 (1.1) 130 (2.9) 145 (2.8) (†)
Texas 148 (1.2) 155 (1.9) 173 (2.1) 143 (2.2) 146 (2.3) 184 (3.4) 150 (1.2) 153 (1.0) 156 (1.2) 172 (1.3) 140 (2.9) 148 (1.5) 178 (3.9)
Utah 154 (1.2) 160 (1.1) 166 (1.0) (†) 134 (2.4) (†) 158 (1.0) 161 (0.8) 166 (1.2) 172 (0.9) (†) 144 (2.7) (†)
                                                     
Vermont (†) 163 (0.8) 164 (0.8) (†) (†) (†) (†) 163 (0.8) 163 (0.7) 164 (0.7) (†) (†) (†)
Virginia 162 (1.2) 165 (1.6) 175 (1.5) 144 (2.2) 151 (2.5) 181 (2.8) 156 (1.1) 160 (1.0) 160 (0.9) 169 (0.9) 139 (1.7) 146 (2.1) 171 (2.4)
Washington 151 (1.4) 158 (1.5) 167 (1.5) 136 (3.9) 138 (2.2) 170 (4.7) 155 (1.0) 156 (0.9) 157 (1.2) 168 (1.4) 134 (3.7) 137 (1.6) 165 (3.5)
West Virginia 148 (1.0) 151 (0.9) 152 (0.9) 129 (5.4) (†) (†) 145 (0.8) 149 (1.0) 150 (0.9) 150 (0.9) 137 (4.1) (†) (†)
Wisconsin 157 (1.0) 156 (0.9) 165 (0.8) 119 (3.3) 140 (1.9) 157 (4.0) 157 (0.9) 159 (1.0) 159 (1.0) 166 (0.9) 120 (2.3) 139 (2.5) 162 (5.5)
Wyoming 156 (0.7) 161 (0.6) 166 (0.7) (†) 147 (1.6) (†) 158 (0.7) 160 (0.5) 160 (0.6) 164 (0.6) (†) 147 (1.8) (†)
                                                     
Department of Defense
      dependents schools
159 (0.6) 166 (0.7) 173 (0.9) 148 (1.9) 163 (1.5) 167 (3.0) 162 (0.7) 161 (0.8) 166 (0.8) 173 (1.1) 151 (2.0) 162 (1.8) 166 (2.9)
—Not available.
†Not applicable.
‡Reporting standards not met (too few cases for a reliable estimate).
NOTE: In 2011, only 8th-grade students were assessed in science. Scale ranges from 0 to 300. Includes students tested with accommodations (10 to 14 percent of all students, depending on grade level and year); excludes only those students with disabilities and English language learners who were unable to be tested even with accommodations (1 to 2 percent of all students). Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Totals include other racial/ethnic groups not shown separately.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2009, 2011, and 2015 Science Assessments, retrieved January 12, 2017, from the Main NAEP Data Explorer (http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/naepdata/). (This table was prepared January 2017.)

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