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Higher levels of parental education are associated with higher achievement

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Average 12th-grade NAEP economics scores, by parental education level: 2006


  • Twelfth-graders who reported that at least one parent graduated from college scored higher, on average, than students whose parents had less education.
  • Students who had at least one parent with some education after high school (H.S.) scored higher, on average, than students whose parents had no college education.
  • Students with at least one parent who was a high school graduate scored higher, on average, than students whose parents did not finish high school.

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Race/ethnicity and parental education

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SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2006 Economics Assessment.

To read more details related to students' responses to background questions about parental education levels, see NAEP Reporting Groups.

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