Education Progress

How do U.S. students score in math and science in 12th grade?

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How do U.S. students score in math and science in 12th grade?

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Notes:
NAEP = National Assessment of Educational Progress (The Nation's Report Card)
Notes:
NAEP = National Assessment of Educational Progress (The Nation's Report Card)

Main Finding

There was improvement in the 12th grade mathematics scores across all racial/ethnic groups between 2005 and 2009.

The average 12th grade science score was below the proficient level in 2009 for every racial/ethnic group.

Key Observations

  • In 2005, the average mathematics score of Asians/Pacific Islanders was higher than the scores for all other racial/ethnic groups and showed the greatest improvement by 2009.
  • The scores for 12th grade American Indians/Alaska Natives rose above the basic level in 2009.
  • Average science scores of Hispanic and black students were below the basic level in 12th grade.
  • Asian/Pacific Islander 12th grade students had the highest average science score in 2009.