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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

Approximately 44 percent of eighth-graders in the nation received between 3 and 4.9 hours of language arts instruction per week in 2011, which is lower than the percentage in 2002. Use the drop down menu to view the percentages in your state. Click chart options below the chart to explore average scores or make comparisons of your choice.

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