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State Results: Massachusetts

Science Scores by Subgroups

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Table A16. Average scores of 15-year-old students on PISA science literacy scale in Massachusetts public schools, by various subgroups: 2012
Reporting groups Average score s.e.
Massachusetts average 527 * 6.0
U.S. average 497   3.8
OECD average 501   0.5
Female 526 * 6.8
Male 529 * 6.1
White 545 * 6.5
Black 466 ** 16.2
Hispanic 460 * 10.3
Asian 580 * 15.7
Percentage of students in enrolled schools
    eligible for free or reduced-price lunch
Less than 10 percent 596 * 9.4
10 to 24.9 percent 531 * 4.3
25 to 49.9 percent 510   6.2
50 to 74.9 percent 481   13.5
75 percent or more 461 * 17.9
‡ Reporting standards not met.
† Not applicable.
* 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 OECD average at the .05 level of statistical significance.
NOTE: The OECD average is the average of the national averages of the OECD member countries, with each country weighted equally. 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. Data on free or reduced-price lunch are based on principals' responses to a question in the school questionnaire that asked the approximate percentage of eligible students in the school during the previous school year. Standard error is noted by s.e.
SOURCE: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), 2012.