Scores increase since 2006 at grade 8 but not at grades 4 and 12
- At all grades, the average U.S. history scores in 2010 were higher than the scores in 1994, and the score for eighth-graders was also higher than in 2006. See the average scores for students in grade 4, grade 8, and grade 12.
Less than one-quarter of students perform at or above the Proficient level in 2010
- Twenty percent of fourth-graders, 17 percent of eighth-graders, and 12 percent of twelfth-graders performed at or above the Proficient level on the 2010 U.S. history assessment.
- At grades 4 and 8, the percentages of students at or above Proficient in 2010 were higher than the percentages in the first assessment in 1994, but over the same time period the percentage of twelfth-graders at or above Proficient was not significantly different. See the achievement level results for students in grade 4, grade 8, and grade 12.
Scores increase since 2006 for Black and Hispanic eighth-graders
- At grade 4, scores for White, Black, Hispanic, and Asian/Pacific Islander students were higher in 2010 compared to 1994.
- At grade 8, scores for Black and Hispanic students were higher in 2010 compared to all previous assessment years and the score gaps between these students and their White peers narrowed since 2006.
- At grade 12, scores for White, Hispanic, and Asian/Pacific Islander students were higher in 2010 than in 1994.
Students in grades 4, 8, and 12 participated in the 2010 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in U.S. history. At each grade, students responded to questions designed to measure their knowledge of American history in the contexts of democracy, culture, technological and economic changes, and America's changing world role. Comparing the results from the 2010 assessment to results from three previous assessment years (1994, 2001, and 2006) shows how students' knowledge and skills in U.S. history have progressed over time.
Read about the U.S. history framework and what the assessment measures.
For more information, browse the report online or download a copy of the report.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 1994, 2001, 2006, and 2010 U.S. History Assessments.