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Educational Outcomes


Mathematics Performance

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics scores of 4th- and 8th-graders were higher in 2009 than in 1990 (see Digest of Education Statistics, 2010, table 146). Males at the 4th, 8th, and 12th grades scored higher than females in 2009. Also, at the 4th, 8th, and 12th grades, White students scored higher than Black and Hispanic students, but lower than Asian/Pacific Islander students.


Table 23. Performance of 8th-graders in NAEP mathematics assessments, by select ed characteristics: 1990, 2000, and 2009
 
Selected characteristic 1990 2000 2009
Average scale score 263 273 283
Sex
Male 263 274 284
Female 262 272 282
Race/ethnicity
White 270 284 293
Black 237 244 261
Hispanic 246 253 266
Asian/Pacific Islander 275 288 301
American Indian/Alaska Native 259 266
Parents' highest education level
Did not complete high school 242 253 265
Completed high school 255 261 270
Some postsecondary 267 277 284
Graduated college 274 286 295
† Reporting standards not met.
NOTE: Scale ranges from 0 to 500. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.