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Gains made since 2002 by White, Black, and Asian/Pacific Islander twelfth-graders

 Grade 8
Grade 12

Change in twelfth-grade NAEP writing achievement-level results, by race/ethnicity



  • The percentages of White, Black, Hispanic, and Asian/Pacific Islander students performing at or above Basic were higher in 2007 than in 2002.
  • The percentages of White students performing at or above both Basic and Proficient were higher in 2007 than in 1998, and the percentage of Hispanic students performing at or above Basic was higher than 1998.

# Rounds to zero.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
* Significantly different (p < .05) from 2007.
NOTE: Sample sizes were insufficient to permit reliable estimates for American Indian students in 2002. 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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