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Mathematics scores increased for public school students at both grades.

Grade 4
 Grade 8

Trend in fourth-grade NAEP mathematics average scores, by type of school


  • The average score for students in public schools was higher in 2007 than in all previous assessment years.
  • Students in private schools had a higher average score than students in public schools in 2007.

* Significantly different (p < .05) from 2007.
NOTE: Sample size was insufficient to permit a reliable estimate for private schools in 2005. Private schools include Catholic, other religious, and nonsectarian private schools. 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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