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Asian/Pacific Islander Students Outperform Students in Other Racial/Ethnic Groups 

  • Asian/Pacific Islander students scored higher on average in 2005 than the other four racial/ethnic groups. The average score for White students was higher than the scores for Black, Hispanic, and American Indian/Alaska Native students. Hispanic students scored higher on average than Black students.
  • Generally, the comparisons between groups were similar in each of the four content areas. Scores for Asian/Pacific Islander students and White students were not significantly different in the number properties and operations and the data analysis and probability content areas. While there was no significant difference in scores for Black and American Indian/Alaska Native students overall, American Indian/Alaska Native students scored higher on average than Black students in measurement and geometry.
Average twelfth-grade NAEP mathematics scores in 2005, by race/ethnicity and content area
Content area White Black Hispanic Asian/
Pacific Islander
Alaska Native
Number properties and operations 158 126 132 160 132
Measurement and geometry 158 124 134 163 141
Data analysis and probability 158 126 132 157 134
Algebra 157 130 134 167 129
NOTE: Black includes African American, Hispanic includes Latino, and Pacific Islander includes Native Hawaiian. Race categories exclude Hispanic origin. View complete data with standard errors for number properties and operationsmeasurement and geometrydata analysis and probability, and algebra.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2005 Mathematics Assessment.

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