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Scores in music higher for White and Asian/Pacific Islander students than for Black and Hispanic students


Average responding scale score in NAEP music at grade 8, by race/ethnicity: 2008


  • White and Asian/Pacific Islander students had higher average responding scores in music (161 and 159, respectively) than Black and Hispanic students (130 and 129, respectively).
  • The average scores of White and Asian/Pacific Islander students were not significantly different from each other.
  • The average scores of Black and Hispanic students were not significantly different from each other.

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‡ Reporting standards not met. Sample size insufficient to permit reliable estimate.
NOTE: Black includes African American, Hispanic includes Latino, and Pacific Islander includes Native Hawaiian. Race categories exclude Hispanic origin. AI/AN = American Indian/Alaska Native. View complete data with standard errors.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2008 Arts Assessment.


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