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Credits Earned
Curriculum Levels
Highest Level Course Taken

 Male graduates completing rigorous, midlevel, or standard curricula earned higher average 2009 NAEP science scores than females completing the same curriculum.

NAEP science scores, by curriculum level and gender: 2009
Average NAEP science scores, by curriculum level and gender: 2009
Curriculum level and gender HSTS 2009
Average NAEP science score Standard error
Below standard
Male 143   (2.1)
Female 139   (2.4)
Male 147   (2.2)
Female 136 * (1.9)
Male 156   (1.7)
Female 151 * (1.1)
Male 186   (1.6)
Female 177 * (2.2)

* Significantly different (p<.05) from males.

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.