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Higher percentages of students in grades 8 and 12 scored at or above Basic in 2007 than in both previous assessments

 Grade 8
Grade 12

Trend in twelfth-grade NAEP writing achievement-level results

Key. Top bar percent at or above Advanced. Middle bar percent at or above Proficient. Bottom bar percent at or above Basic.


  • The percentages of twelfth-graders performing at or above Basic and Proficient were higher in 2007 than in 1998.
  • The percentage of twelfth-graders performing at Advanced was lower in 2007 than in 2002.

* Significantly different (p < .05) from 2007.
NOTE: View complete data with standard errors.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 1998, 2002, and 2007 Writing Assessments.

To read more about achievement levels and how they are set, see Reporting the Assessment—Scale Scores and Achievement Levels.

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