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Mathematics scores higher than in 1978 for public school students at all three ages

 Age 9
 Age 13
Age 17

Trend in NAEP mathematics average scores for 17-year-old students, by type of school


  • Compared to 2004, there was no significant change in 2008 in the score of public school students at age 17.
  • At age 17, the average mathematics score for Catholic school students increased compared to their average score in 1978.

* Significantly different (p < .05) from 2008.
Note: Participation rates fell below the required standard for reporting for 17-year-olds attending private schools in all assessment years and for 17-year-olds attending Catholic schools in 1996 and 2004. View complete data with standard errors for public and private schools, and catholic schools.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), various years, 1978–2008 Long-Term Trend Mathematics Assessments.

To read more details on comparisons across years, see About the Long-Term Trend Assessment.
To read more details related to student group categories, see NAEP Long-Term Trend Reporting Groups.

2008 Long-Term Trend Report Card 2008 Long-Term Trend Report Card