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Reading for fun

 Grade 4
Grade 8

As part of the 2007 reading assessment, fourth-graders were asked about the amount of time they spent reading for fun. The full text of the question and the percentage of students who responded within each category are below.

How often do you read for fun on your own time?

A. Never or hardly ever
B. Once or twice a month
C. Once or twice a week
D. Almost every day

  Percentage of students
Jurisdiction Never or hardly ever Once or twice a month 1–2 times a week Almost every day
Nation 18 15 27 40
Large central city 15 15 28 42
Atlanta 12 15 26 47
Austin 14 13 27 46
Boston 16 13 31 41
Charlotte 18 16 24 42
Chicago 13 15 30 42
Cleveland 17 18 28 37
District of Columbia 13 15 28 44
Houston 14 16 32 38
Los Angeles 15 17 28 41
New York City 13 13 27 47
San Diego 18 17 26 38

Check for Statistical Significance

To further analyze these data, test for significance between categories, or see corresponding average scores, view the complete data for the nation and districts or large central cities. Click on the "Find Out" button in the NAEP Data Explorer to check for statistical significance. To learn about using the NAEP Data Explorer, view the NAEP Data Explorer tutorial.

Browse background questionnaires for the NAEP assessments.

NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
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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