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White, Black, and Hispanic students at both grades 4 and 8 scored higher in 2007 than in all previous assessment years.

Grade 4
 Grade 8

Trend in fourth-grade NAEP mathematics average scores and score gaps, by White – Black students

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


  • The score gap between White and Black students in 2007 was smaller than the gap in 1990, but was not significantly different than the score gap in 2005.

* Significantly different (p < .05) from 2007.
NOTE: Score gaps are calculated based on differences between unrounded average scores. Black includes African American. Race categories exclude Hispanic origin. 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.

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

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