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Most racial/ethnic groups showed gains at grade 8

Grade 8
 Grade 12

Trend in eighth-grade NAEP writing average scores, by race/ethnicity

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  • Average scores for White, Black, and Hispanic students were higher in 2007 than in both previous assessments.
  • Average scores for Asian/Pacific Islander students were higher in 2007 than in 2002.

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Family income

* Significantly different (p < .05) from 2007.
NOTE: Black includes African American, Hispanic includes Latino, Pacific Islander includes Native Hawaiian, and American Indian includes Alaska Native. Race categories exclude Hispanic origin. 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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