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Classroom Context: Type of High School Program


As part of the 2009 science assessment, twelfth-graders were asked about their high school academic program. The full text of the question, corresponding percentages, and scale scores in each category are below.

Which of the following best describes your high school program?

A. General
B. Academic/college prep
C. Vocational/technical

Grade 12

Twelfth-graders who reported being in an academic or college-prep high school program (160) had a higher average score in science than students in a general program (140) or a vocational/technical program (132).

Type of High School Program: Grade 12 Average Scores

NOTE: The NAEP science scale ranges from 0 to 300. Some apparent differences between estimates may not be statistically significant. See complete data.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2009 Science Assessment.

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