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Educational Outcomes


Science Performance

Between 1996 and 2005, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 4th-grade science score increased from 147 to 151; there was no measurable change in the 8th-grade score; and the 12th-grade score decreased from 150 to 147 (see Digest of Education Statistics, 2010, table 148).


Table 24. Performance of 12th-graders in NAEP science assessments, by selected characteristics: 1996, 2000, and 2005
 
Selected characteristic 1996 2000 2005
Average scale score 150 146 147
Sex
Male 154 148 149
Female 147 145 145
Race/ethnicity
White 159 153 156
Black 123 122 120
Hispanic 131 128 128
Asian/Pacific Islander 147 149 153
American Indian/Alaska Native 144 151 139
Parents' highest education level
Did not complete high school 125
Completed high school 136
Some postsecondary 148
Graduated college 157
— Not available.
NOTE: Scale ranges from 0 to 500. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.