CHART: International comparisons
International comparisons of mathematics and science proficiency
4th graders in the U.S. and 25 other countries, 8th graders in the U.S. and 40 other countries, and students in the final year of secondary school in the U.S. and 20 other countries U.S. 4th graders perform above the international average in both mathematics and science achievement. However, U.S. 8th graders score below the international average in mathematics achievement and above average in science achievement, and U.S. 12 graders score below the international average in mathematics and science achievement.
Provided by National Center for Education Statistics as of April 19, 1999.
CHART: Civics Achievement
4th, 8th, and 12th graders in 1998 At grades 4 and 8, almost half of the students scored in the Basic achievement level, while at grade 12, 39 percent of students were in the Basic achievement level range.
Provided by National Center for Education Statistics as of December 16, 1999.
CHART: Writing Achievement
8th graders in 1998 in the nation and participating states For 8th-grade public school students in the nation as a whole, 23 percent were at the Proficient achievement level, and 1 percent at the Advanced level. Among participating states and jurisdictions, the percentages of students at the Proficient level ranged from 8 percent to 40 percent, and the percentages at the Advanced level ranged from 0 percent to 6 percent.
Provided by National Center for Education Statistics as of September 30,1999.
CHART: Trends in Academic Progress
Trends in Academic Progress
Reading, mathematics, and science performance of 9-, 13-, and 17-year-olds Generally, the trends in mathematics and science are characterized by declines in the 1970s, followed by increases during the 1980s and early 1990s, and mostly stable performance since then. Some gains are also evident in reading, but they are modest.
Provided by National Center for Education Statistics as of September 1, 2000.
CHART: Status Dropout Rate
Trends in Status Dropouts, ages 16-24, by race-ethnicity In October of 1999, 11.2 percent of young adults in the United States were not enrolled in a high school program and had not completed high school.
Provided by National Center for Education Statistics as of November 16, 2000