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Grade 8 National Results

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  • View student performance by various student groups, including gender, race/ethnicity, type of school, family income level (based on eligibility for the National School Lunch Program), parental education, students with disabilities (SD), and English Language Learners (ELL).
  • Move the cursor over data points to see more detail.
  • When viewing average score figures, click on a group within the legend to show detailed information about its performance.
  • When viewing the achievement level or percentile figures, use the drop down menu to show data for each group.
  • Below each figure, click the button for "chart options" to see the data displayed in other chart formats.
Average Scores
Achievement Levels

For eighth-graders attending public schools, higher percentages performed at or above Basic in 2010 than in 1994 and 2006. A higher percentage of eighth-grade public school students performed at or above Proficient in 2010 than in 1994.


Read specific descriptions of what eighth-graders should know and be able to do at the Basic, Proficient, and Advanced U.S. history achievement levels.

Read more information on how to interpret NAEP U.S. history results, including how each student group is defined.