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Scores higher for twelfth-graders with parents at lowest and highest education levels


Average twelfth-grade NAEP U.S. history scores, by parental education level

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  • Scores were higher in 2006 than in 1994 for students reporting that neither parent finished high school.
  • Scores were higher in 2006 than in 1994 for students reporting that at least one parent graduated from college.

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Race/ethnicity and parental education

Key for the above graphic. The dotted line is no accommodations permitted. The solid line is accommodations permitted.

* Significantly different from 2006.
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SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 1994, 2001, and 2006 U.S. History Assessments.

To read more details related to students' responses to background questions about parental education levels, see NAEP Reporting Groups.


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