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Average scores increased for public school students at both grades

Grade 8
 Grade 12

Change in eighth-grade NAEP writing average scores, by type of school

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  • The average score for public school students was higher in 2007 than in both previous assessments.
  • Students in private and Catholic schools had higher average scores in 2007 than in 1998.
  • In 1998 and 2007, students in private and Catholic schools had higher average scores than students in public schools.

* Significantly different (p < .05) from 2007.
NOTE: Sample size was insufficient to permit a reliable estimate for private schools in 2002. Private schools include Catholic, other religious, and nonsectarian private schools. 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), 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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