Education Progress

How do U.S. students score in math and science in 8th grade?

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How do U.S. students score in math and science in 8th 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

At grade 8, average mathematics scores steadily gained 21 points from 1990 to 2011, but were still below the proficient level in 2011.

The average 8th grade science score was below the proficient level in 2011 for every racial/ethnic group.

Key Observations

  • 8th grade mathematics scores increased modestly over time for all racial/ethnic groups.
  • By 2011, the average score of blacks just reached the basic level, whereas whites and Asians/Pacific Islanders had scores near or above the proficient level, respectively.
  • The average 8th grade science score of American Indians/Alaska Natives reached the basic level in 2011, while the scores for blacks and Hispanics remained below the basic level.