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Credits Earned
Curriculum Levels
Highest Level Course Taken

 In 2009, graduates completing a rigorous or midlevel curriculum earned higher average NAEP science scores than graduates completing a less challenging curriculum.

NAEP science scores, by curriculum level: 2009
Average NAEP science scores, by curriculum level: 2009
Curriculum level HSTS 2009
Average NAEP science score Standard error
Below standard 141   (1.6)
Standard 142 * (1.7)
Midlevel 153 * (1.0)
Rigorous 182   (1.6)

* Significantly different (p<.05) from next highest curriculum level.

NOTE: No data for 2005 is included because the science Framework was revised in 2009 and the results cannot be compared to those from previous assessments.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, High School Transcript Study (HSTS), 2009; National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2009 Science Assessment.

Read more information on science achievement levels and how each student group is defined.