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Students With Disabilities Make Gains at Grades 4 and 8

  • Fourth-grade students with disabilities (SD) who could be assessed had a higher average score in 2005 than in previous assessment years, and a higher percentage performed at or above Basic in 2005 than in 2000.
  • Eighth-grade students with disabilities who could be assessed had a higher average score in 2005 than in 1996.
  • Twelfth-grade students with disabilities who could be assessed had an average score in 2005 that was not significantly different than in previous assessment years.
Trend in eighth-grade average NAEP science scores, by students with and without disabilities

Average scale scores in science, by students with and without disabilities, grade 8:

* Significantly different from 2005.
NOTE: SD = students with disabilities. The results for students with disabilities are based on students who were assessed and cannot be generalized to the total population of such students. View complete data with standard errors for grade 8.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 1996, 2000, and 2005 Science Assessments.

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