This report from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) examines findings from the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) assessment of 12th graders in public and private high schools across the U.S. and reports on reading and mathematics scores and trends for that group of students. The report found that average mathematics scores were higher in 2009 than in 2005 overall, and that the overall average reading score was also higher in 2009 than in 2005. However, reading scores did not change significantly for Black, Hispanic, and American Indian/Alaska Native students, or for female students, and racial/ethnic and gender achievement gaps did not change significantly in either reading or mathematics.
The Nation’s Report Card: Grade 12 Reading and Mathematics 2009 National and Pilot States Results
U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics
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