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Scores for both male and female twelfth-graders higher in 2007 than in 1998

 Grade 8
Grade 12

Trend in twelfth-grade NAEP writing average scores, by gender

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  • The average score for male students was higher in 2007 than in both previous assessments, and scores for female students were higher in 2007 than in 1998.
  • Female twelfth-graders outscored their male peers by 18 points in 2007.

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Race/ethnicity and gender

* Significantly different (p < .05) from 2007.
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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), 1998, 2002, and 2007 Writing Assessments.

To read more about achievement levels and how they are set, see Reporting the Assessment—Scale Scores and Achievement Levels.

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