# How proficient are U.S. 12^{th} graders in math and science?

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

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

Only 26% of 12^{th} grade students scored at or above the proficient level on the NAEP math assessment.

Only 21% of 12^{th} grade students scored at or above the proficient level on the NAEP science assessment.

## Key Observations

- A somewhat higher percentage of males (28%) than females (24%) scored at or above the proficient level in math in 12
^{th}grade. - Over half of Asians/Pacific Islanders (52%) scored at or above the proficient level in math, while one-third (33%) of whites scored in this range; fewer (6%–12%) 12
^{th}grade black, Hispanic, or American Indian/Alaska Native students scored at or above the proficient level in math. - 10% of grade 12 Asian/Pacific Islander students scored at the advanced level in math in 2009.

- A somewhat higher percentage of males (24%) than females (18%) scored at or above the proficient level in science in 12
^{th}grade. - At grade 12, only 27% of white students, 36% of Asian/Pacific Islander students, 4% of black students, 8% of Hispanic students, and 13% of American Indian/Pacific Islander students scored at or above the proficient level in science.
- Few students scored at the advanced level in science in 12
^{th}grade.