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Higher levels of parental education are associated with higher achievement

 Average Scale Score
Achievement Level

Twelfth-grade NAEP economics achievement-level results, by parental education level: 2006

Achievement level key.


  • Eighty-seven percent of students with at least one parent who graduated from college performed at or above Basic in 2006.
  • Fifty-nine percent of students whose parents did not finish high school performed at or above Basic.

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

NOTE: 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 Economics Assessment.

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

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