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Scores for both male and female twelfth-graders higher in 2007 than in 1998

 Grade 8
Grade 12

Trend in twelfth-grade NAEP writing female–male score gaps


  • The score gap between female and male twelfth-graders was smaller in 2007 than in 2002 but not significantly different from the gap in 1998.

* Significantly different (p < .05) from 2007.
NOTE: Score gaps are calculated based on differences between unrounded average scores. 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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