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Higher scores shown for students with higher levels of parental education

Grade 8
 Grade 12

Change in eighth-grade NAEP writing average scores, by student-reported highest level of parental education

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  • The average score for each of the student-reported parental education categories was higher in 2007 than in 2002.
  • Students with higher reported parental education levels outscored their peers who reported lower levels of parental education.

* 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), 2002 and 2007 Writing Assessments.

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

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

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