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District Science Results by Eligibility for the National School Lunch Program

Compared to students eligible for free/reduced-price lunch in large central city schools…

  • at grade 4, eligible students in Austin, Houston, and New York City had higher average scores, while eligible students in Atlanta, Chicago, and Los Angeles had lower average scores.
  • at grade 8, eligible students in Boston had higher average scores, while eligible students in Atlanta and Los Angeles had lower average scores.

Nation – district gaps narrower when comparing low-income students

  • At both grades 4 and 8, the gap in average scores between the nation and the individual districts for all students ranged from 2 to 30 points, with the nation's score higher. When the comparison between nation and district at both grades is based only on low-income students, the gaps in average scores ranged from almost none to 19 points, with the nation's score higher.

Average fourth-grade NAEP science scores and percentage of students eligible for free/reduced-price school lunch within each achievement level in 2005

# The estimate rounds to zero. 
* Average scores are significantly different from large central city public schools.
** Average scores are significantly different from the nation (public schools).
NOTE: The NAEP science scale ranges from 0 to 300. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. The shaded bars are graphed using unrounded numbers. View complete data with standard errors for scale scores in districts and the nation or large central cities, and achievement levels in districts and the nation or large central cities.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2005 Trial Urban District Science Assessment.

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Learn more about the NAEP reporting groups on the NAEP website.

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