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Credits Earned
Curriculum Levels
Highest Level Course Taken

 Graduates earning more science credits earned higher average NAEP science scores in 2009.

NAEP science scores, by science credits earned: 2009
Average NAEP science scores, by science credits earned: 2009
Science credits earned HSTS 2009
Average NAEP science score Standard error
2.5 credits or less 132 * (1.6)
2.6 to 3.0 credits 143 * (1.2)
3.1 to 4.0 credits 160 * (1.0)
More than 4.0 credits 176   (2.4)

* Significantly different (p<.05) from next highest science credit category.

NOTE: No data for 2005 is included because the science Framework was revised in 2009 and the results cannot be compared to those from previous assessments.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, High School Transcript Study (HSTS), 2009; National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2009 Science Assessment.

Read more information on science achievement levels and how each student group is defined.