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Mathematics Trends in 2008

  • The overall average mathematics scores for 9- and 13-year-olds were higher in 2008 when compared to all previous assessments. However, there was no significant change in the scores of 17-year-olds in comparison to either 2004 or 1973.  More...
  • Compared to previous years, the level of improvement shown in the mathematics scores of lower-, middle-, and higher-performing 9- and 13-year-olds varied, but there was no significant improvement shown by 17-year-olds at any performance level. More...
  • Both male and female 9-year-olds had higher mathematics scores in 2008 compared to all previous assessment years. At age 13, the mathematics score for male students increased since 2004. More...
  • In 2008, there was no significant change in the White – Black or White – Hispanic score gaps compared to 2004; however, since 1973, Black and Hispanic students have made greater gains than White students. More...
  • Scores of public school students in 2008 at all three ages (9, 13, and 17) increased compared to 1978. More...

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