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Grade 8 National Results

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  • View student performance by various student groups, including gender, race/ethnicity, type of school (public or private), family income level (based on eligibility for the National School Lunch Program), students with disabilities (SD), and English language learners (ELL).
  • Below each figure, click the button for "chart options" to see the data displayed in other chart formats.
  • To conduct a significance test using the NAEP Data Explorer, click on the link under each table below.
Average Scores
Achievement Levels

The percentages of White and Hispanic eighth-graders performing at or above Basic and at or above Proficient were higher in 2011 than in 2009.

Beginning in 2011, additional information on students’ race/ethnicity was collected from schools so that results could be reported separately for Asian students, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students, and students categorized as being two or more races (multiracial). These categorizations are consistent with guidelines from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. In order to allow comparisons of 2011 results for racial/ethnic groups to previous assessments, the Asian and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students are combined into a single Asian/Pacific Islander category. Read more about this change.

Read specific descriptions of what eighth-graders should know and be able to do at the Basic, Proficient, and Advanced science achievement levels.

Read more information on how to interpret NAEP science results, including how each student group is defined.