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Greater gains in mathematics for Black and Hispanic students than for White students since 1973

Scale Score
 White – Black Gap
 White – Hispanic Gap

Trend in NAEP mathematics average scores for 17-year-old students, by race/ethnicity


  • Compared to 2004, there was no significant change in the average scores of White, Black, or Hispanic students at age 17.  
  • Compared to 1973, scores for 17-year-olds in 2008 were 4 points higher for White students, 17 points higher for Black students, and 16 points higher for Hispanic students.

* Significantly different (p < .05) from 2008.
NOTE: The lighter dashed lines for 1973 represent extrapolated data. Black includes African American, and Hispanic includes Latino. Race categories exclude Hispanic origin. Results for the "other" race/ethnicity category in 1973 are not available. 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), various years, 1973–2008 Long-Term Trend Mathematics Assessments.

To read more details on comparisons across years, see About the Long-Term Trend Assessment.
To read more details related to student group categories, see NAEP Long-Term Trend Reporting Groups.

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