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Classroom Context: Time Spent on Language Arts


As part of the 2009 reading assessment, teachers of fourth- and eighth-graders were asked about the number of hours they spent on language arts instruction per week. The full text of the question, corresponding percentages, and average scores of students whose teachers responded in each category are below.

How many hours of language arts instruction do your students receive in a typical week?

A. Less than 3 hours
B. 3–4.9 hours
C. 5–6.9 hours
D. 7–9.9 hours
E. 10 or more hours

Grade 4
Grade 8

Fourth-graders in large city schools who received less than five hours of language instruction per week (205) scored lower than those who received between 5 and 6.9 hours (215) and between 7 and 9.9 hours (213) of instruction.

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