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Knowledge of civics differs by income levels


Average fourth-grade NAEP civics scores, by eligibility for National School Lunch Program


  • Fourth-graders from families in two lower-income levels (eligible for free lunch or eligible for reduced-price school lunch) had lower civics scores in 2006 than students from higher-income families.
  • The score gap between students in the lowest income level (eligible for free lunch) and those in the highest level (not eligible) was 28 points.

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Race/ethnicity and family income

Read more about the available data by student eligibility for the National School Lunch Program.

NOTE: Students from lower-income families are those identified as eligible for the National School Lunch Program. The score point gap is based on the difference between unrounded scores. 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), 2006 Civics Assessment.

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