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Average Scale Scores and Achievement-Level Results in Reading by Gender

  • In 2005, female fourth- and eighth-graders both scored higher, on average, in reading than their male counterparts.
  • Male fourth-graders had a higher average reading score in 2005 than in both 1992 and in 2003. The percentages of male and female fourth-graders performing at or above Basic in reading showed no statistically significant differences between 1992 and 2005; however, the percentage of male fourth-graders performing at or above Basic in reading was higher in 2005 than in 2003.
  • Male eighth-graders had a higher average reading score in 2005 than in 1992; however, both male and female eighth-graders had a lower average reading score in 2005 than in 2003. The percentage of male eighth-graders performing at or above Basic in reading was higher in 2005 than in 1992.  The percentage of both male and female eighth-graders performing at or above Basic in reading was lower in 2005 than in 2003.
Average scale scores in reading, by gender, grade 4: Various years, 1992–2005

* Significantly different from 2005.
NOTE: The dashed and solid lines represent results based on administrations when accommodations were not permitted and when accommodations were permitted, respectively. View complete data with standard errors for grade 4

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