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Classroom Context: Time Spent on Language Arts


As part of the 2011 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, and corresponding data charts and tables are provided 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

In 2011, higher percentages of Hispanic students and students from lower-income families (those eligible for the National School Lunch Program) received 10 or more hours of language arts instruction per week than their peers. Use the tabs below to view the percentages by the student groups shown. Click chart options below the chart to explore average scores or make comparisons of your choice.

See results for this contextual variable by the new 2011 race/ethnicity categories in the NAEP Data Explorer.

Browse questionnaires for the NAEP assessments.