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Average Scale Scores and Achievement-Level Results in Reading by Race/Ethnicity

  • In 2005, at both grades 4 and 8, White and Asian/Pacific Islander students scored higher, on average, than Black, Hispanic, and American Indian/Alaska Native students. Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native students scored higher, on average, than Black students.
  • In 2005, White, Black, Hispanic, and Asian/Pacific Islander fourth-graders had higher average scores and higher percentages of students performing at or above Basic than in 1992. Also, average scores for Black and Hispanic fourth-graders increased between 2003 and 2005.
  • White, Black, and Hispanic eighth-graders had higher average scores and higher percentages of students at or above Basic in 2005 than in 1992, but White eighth-graders had a lower average score and a lower percentage at or above Basic in 2005 than in 2003.
Average scale scores in reading, by race/ethnicity, grade 8: Various years, 1992-2005

* Significantly different from 2005.
1 Sample sizes were insufficient to permit reliable estimates for American Indian/Alaska Native students in 1992, 1994, and 1998.
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 8.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), various years, 1992–2005 Reading Assessments.

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