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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, family income level (based on eligibility for the National School Lunch Program), parental education, students with disabilities (SD), and English Language Learners (ELL).
  • Move the cursor over data points to see more detail.
  • When viewing average score figures, click on a group within the legend to show detailed information about its performance.
  • When viewing the achievement level or percentile figures, use the drop down menu to show data for each group.
  • Below each figure, click the button for "chart options" to see the data displayed in other chart formats.
Average Scores
Achievement Levels

U.S. history scores for male eighth-graders at all five selected percentiles were higher in 2010 than in 1994, with scores at the 10th and 25th percentiles higher in 2010 when compared to 2006. Average scores for female students at all but the 90th percentile were higher in 2010 than in 1994, with the score at the 10th percentile higher in 2010 than in 2006.


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

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