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District percentile rankings varied by demographic groups.

The figure below shows how groups of students within each participating urban district compared with the NAEP national public school percentiles. The average score for the group was used to determine its percentile rank compared with public schools nationally. The scores for the nation and large central cities are also plotted. For example, the average score for eighth-grade Hispanic students in Chicago was at the 40th percentile. This means that they performed as well as or better than 40 percent of students nationwide, including their Hispanic counterparts in large central cities whose average score was at the 27th percentile.

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Grade 8

National percentile rankings for urban districts based on average scores for fourth-grade public school students in NAEP reading, by lower-income status and selected race/ethnicity categories: 2007

National percentile rankings for districts based on average scores in NAEP fourth-grade reading, by lower-income status and race/ethnicity: 2007

1 Sample size was insufficient to permit a reliable estimate for Hispanic students in Atlanta at grade 4, White and Hispanic students in Atlanta at grade 8, and White students in the District of Columbia at grade 8.
NOTE: Groups not shown are included in overall. In NAEP, lower-income students are students identified as eligible for the National School Lunch Program. Black includes African American, and Hispanic includes Latino. Race categories exclude Hispanic origin. The 50th percentile represents the middle score in the distribution of scores for public school students nationally. The average score for these students, however, fell below that point at the 47th percentile because there was a greater concentration of scores toward the lower end of the scale compared to the higher end. View complete data at grade 4 and grade 8.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2007 Trial Urban District Reading Assessment.

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