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Science Literacy: Student Race/Ethnicity

Average Scores

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Table S7. Average scores of U.S. 15-year-old students on PISA science literacy scale, by race/ethnicity: 2012
Race/ethnicity Average
U.S. average 497   3.8
White 528 * 3.7
Black 439 * 6.8
Hispanic 462 * 4.7
Asian 546 * 8.6
Multiracial 511 *** 7.8
OECD average 501   0.5
* p<.05. Significantly different from both the U.S. and OECD averages at the .05 level of statistical significance.
*** p<.05. Significantly different from the U.S. average at the .05 level of statistical significance.
NOTE: Scores are reported on a scale from 0 to 1,000. Reporting standards were not met for American Indian/Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander. Black includes African American, and Hispanic includes Latino. Students who identified themselves as being of Hispanic origin were classified as Hispanic, regardless of their race. Although data for some race/ethnicities were not shown separately because the reporting standards were not met, they are included in the U.S. and state totals. The OECD average is the average of the national averages of the OECD member countries, with each country weighted equally. Standard error is noted by s.e.
SOURCE: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), 2012.