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Table 224.30. Average National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) economics scale score of 12th-graders, percentage attaining economics achievement levels, and percentage with different levels of economics coursework, by selected characteristics: 2006 and 2012
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Selected characteristic Average scale score1 Percent of students attaining achievement levels Percentage distribution of students by highest level of economics coursework taken
At or above Basic2 At or above Proficient3 At Advanced4 No economics courses Combined course Consumer economics/
business
General economics Advanced economics5
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
2006                                    
All students 150 (0.9) 79 (0.8) 42 (1.1) 3 (0.3) 13 (0.9) 12 (0.7) 11 (0.7) 49 (1.4) 16 (0.7)
Sex                                    
Male 152 (1.0) 79 (0.8) 45 (1.3) 4 (0.5) 13 (1.0) 10 (0.6) 10 (0.7) 50 (1.4) 16 (0.8)
Female 148 (0.9) 79 (0.9) 38 (1.3) 2 (0.3) 12 (0.9) 13 (0.9) 11 (0.8) 48 (1.6) 15 (0.8)
                                     
Race/ethnicity                                    
White 158 (0.8) 87 (0.7) 51 (1.2) 4 (0.4) 15 (1.1) 12 (0.8) 11 (0.8) 49 (1.6) 13 (0.9)
Black 127 (1.2) 57 (1.9) 16 (1.3) # (†) 8 (0.8) 11 (0.9) 11 (1.2) 49 (1.7) 21 (1.1)
Hispanic 133 (1.2) 64 (1.6) 21 (1.2) # (†) 8 (1.7) 13 (1.1) 7 (0.9) 55 (2.6) 18 (1.2)
Asian/Pacific Islander 153 (3.5) 80 (4.0) 44 (4.5) 4 (1.4) 13 (1.8) 10 (1.8) 10 (1.4) 45 (4.1) 22 (1.9)
American Indian/Alaska Native 137 (4.1) 72 (5.6) 26 (4.8) 2 (†) 11 (3.9) 18 (2.7) 17 (3.2) 41 (4.9) 13 (3.1)
                                     
Parents' highest level of
     education
                                   
Not high school graduate 129 (1.4) 59 (2.1) 17 (1.7) # (†) 10 (1.7) 13 (1.4) 10 (1.4) 53 (3.2) 14 (1.3)
Graduated high school 138 (1.2) 69 (1.5) 27 (1.4) 1 (0.3) 11 (1.2) 12 (1.0) 12 (1.0) 52 (1.7) 13 (0.9)
Some college 150 (0.8) 82 (1.1) 39 (1.4) 1 (0.4) 11 (1.0) 13 (0.9) 12 (1.0) 51 (1.9) 14 (1.0)
Graduated college 160 (0.9) 87 (0.8) 54 (1.3) 5 (0.6) 14 (1.0) 11 (0.8) 10 (0.7) 47 (1.5) 17 (1.0)
                                     
Free or reduced-price lunch
     eligibility
                                   
Eligible 132 (0.9) 62 (1.1) 20 (1.1) 1 (0.2) 9 (0.7) 13 (1.1) 10 (0.9) 50 (1.6) 18 (0.8)
Not eligible 155 (0.9) 84 (0.8) 48 (1.2) 4 (0.4) 13 (1.1) 12 (0.8) 12 (0.9) 48 (1.6) 16 (0.9)
Unknown 157 (1.9) 86 (1.7) 50 (2.8) 4 (1.1) 16 (3.0) 12 (1.6) 7 (1.1) 54 (3.1) 11 (1.4)
                                     
Region                                    
Northeast 153 (2.0) 81 (1.7) 46 (2.6) 4 (0.9) 26 (2.6) 7 (1.1) 11 (1.3) 43 (3.2) 13 (1.4)
Midwest 153 (1.5) 83 (1.4) 45 (2.0) 3 (0.6) 12 (2.2) 12 (1.6) 15 (1.5) 51 (2.6) 10 (1.0)
South 147 (1.4) 77 (1.4) 37 (1.7) 2 (0.5) 6 (1.1) 14 (1.2) 9 (1.3) 49 (2.0) 22 (1.5)
West (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
                                     
2012                                    
All students 152 (0.8) 82 (0.8) 42 (1.1) 3 (0.3) 9 (1.0) 9 (0.8) 10 (1.2) 54 (2.0) 18 (0.9)
Sex                                    
Male 155 (0.9) 83 (1.0) 47 (1.3) 4 (0.4) 8 (0.9) 9 (0.8) 10 (1.2) 54 (2.0) 18 (1.0)
Female 149 (0.9) 80 (1.0) 37 (1.3) 2 (0.2) 10 (1.2) 9 (0.9) 10 (1.3) 53 (2.2) 18 (1.1)
                                     
Race/ethnicity                                    
White 160 (1.0) 89 (0.9) 53 (1.6) 4 (0.4) 10 (1.4) 9 (1.0) 11 (1.6) 54 (2.4) 15 (1.1)
Black 131 (1.4) 61 (2.1) 16 (1.3) 1 (0.2) 6 (1.2) 8 (1.1) 9 (1.2) 54 (2.9) 23 (1.4)
Hispanic 138 (1.4) 71 (2.0) 25 (1.4) 1 (0.3) 5 (1.1) 9 (1.0) 7 (1.2) 57 (2.9) 21 (2.0)
Asian 160 (1.9) 86 (1.9) 53 (2.4) 6 (1.3) 10 (1.5) 9 (1.2) 7 (1.2) 45 (2.7) 29 (2.6)
Pacific Islander (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
American Indian/Alaska Native 136 (4.7) 72 (7.8) 20 (5.6) 2 (†) 4 (2.7) 7 (2.9) 19 (9.9) 54 (8.0) 16 (4.6)
Two or more races 154 (3.4) 87 (3.0) 42 (5.2) 3 (1.8) 10 (2.9) 6 (1.4) 7 (1.8) 57 (4.5) 20 (2.8)
                                     
Parents' highest level of
     education
                                   
Not high school graduate 134 (1.5) 66 (2.1) 21 (1.9) # (†) 4 (0.7) 10 (1.3) 10 (1.4) 59 (2.4) 17 (1.5)
Graduated high school 139 (1.1) 71 (1.7) 27 (1.6) 1 (0.2) 7 (1.2) 9 (1.1) 11 (1.2) 56 (2.3) 16 (1.0)
Some college 150 (0.8) 84 (1.0) 38 (1.2) 1 (0.3) 8 (1.2) 9 (0.9) 10 (1.5) 56 (2.3) 16 (1.6)
Graduated college 161 (0.9) 89 (1.0) 55 (1.4) 5 (0.5) 10 (1.4) 9 (1.0) 10 (1.3) 51 (2.3) 20 (1.2)
                                     
Free or reduced-price lunch
     eligibility
                                   
Eligible 138 (0.9) 70 (1.3) 25 (1.1) # (†) 7 (0.9) 9 (0.7) 10 (1.2) 57 (2.1) 18 (1.3)
Not eligible 159 (0.9) 88 (0.8) 52 (1.4) 4 (0.4) 10 (1.3) 9 (1.1) 11 (1.4) 51 (2.3) 19 (1.1)
Unknown 164 (3.3) 90 (2.3) 59 (4.2) 5 (1.4) 13 (4.7) 8 (1.8) 6 (1.6) 58 (5.0) 15 (1.9)
                                     
School location                                    
City 147 (1.8) 77 (1.9) 37 (2.3) 3 (0.5) 8 (1.5) 9 (1.3) 8 (1.4) 54 (3.3) 22 (1.8)
Suburb 156 (0.9) 85 (1.0) 48 (1.1) 4 (0.4) 12 (1.8) 10 (1.1) 11 (1.6) 50 (2.1) 17 (1.5)
Town 149 (2.7) 81 (2.4) 39 (3.8) 2 (0.6) 9 (2.8) 8 (1.2) 10 (2.4) 57 (3.5) 16 (3.8)
Rural 152 (1.5) 83 (1.5) 42 (2.5) 2 (0.6) 5 (1.2) 9 (1.4) 12 (2.8) 57 (4.0) 17 (2.1)
                                     
Region                                    
Northeast 154 (1.7) 84 (1.8) 46 (2.0) 3 (0.7) 27 (4.0) 9 (1.9) 11 (1.4) 39 (5.5) 14 (2.2)
Midwest 157 (1.6) 86 (1.1) 50 (2.2) 4 (0.7) 5 (1.2) 9 (2.3) 18 (3.4) 57 (4.3) 11 (1.0)
South 149 (1.8) 79 (1.7) 38 (2.7) 2 (0.5) 3 (1.5) 8 (1.2) 5 (0.9) 55 (3.6) 29 (2.0)
West 148 (1.1) 79 (1.4) 40 (1.5) 2 (0.3) 7 (1.2) 11 (1.1) 9 (3.1) 60 (3.0) 13 (1.0)
†Not applicable.
#Rounds to zero.
‡Reporting standards not met. Either there are too few cases for a reliable estimate or item response rates fell below the required standards for reporting.
1 Scale ranges from 0 to 300.
2 Basic denotes partial mastery of the knowledge and skills that are fundamental for proficient work at a given grade.
3 Proficient represents solid academic performance. Students reaching this level have demonstrated competency over challenging subject matter.
4 Advanced signifies superior performance for a given grade.
5 Includes Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and honors courses.
NOTE: Includes public and private schools. Includes students tested with accommodations; excludes only those students with disabilities and English language learners who were unable to be tested even with accommodations (3 percent of all students in both assessment years). Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. 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), 2006 and 2012 Economics Assessment, retrieved May 08, 2013, from the NAEP Data Explorer (http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/naepdata/). (This table was prepared May 2013.)

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