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At grades 4 and 8, the average mathematics scores were higher in 2007 than in all previous assessment years.

 Grade 4
Grade 8

Trend in eighth-grade NAEP mathematics average scores

Key. Dashed line is accommodations not permitted. Solid line is accommodations permitted. 


  • The average score in 2007 was 19 points higher than in 1990 and 3 points higher than in 2005.

* Significantly different (p < .05) from 2007.
NOTE: Differences are calculated using unrounded numbers. 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, 1990–2007 Mathematics Assessments.

See the percentage of students with disabilities and/or English language learners identified, excluded, and assessed in mathematics. Read more about the NAEP inclusion policy.

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