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District Science Results by Eligibility for the National School Lunch Program

Compared to students eligible for free/reduced-price lunch in large central city schools…

  • at grade 4, eligible students in Austin, Houston, and New York City had higher average scores, while eligible students in Atlanta, Chicago, and Los Angeles had lower average scores.
  • at grade 8, eligible students in Boston had higher average scores, while eligible students in Atlanta and Los Angeles had lower average scores.

Nation – district gaps narrower when comparing low-income students

  • At both grades 4 and 8, the gap in average scores between the nation and the individual districts for all students ranged from 2 to 30 points, with the nation's score higher. When the comparison between nation and district at both grades is based only on low-income students, the gaps in average scores ranged from almost none to 19 points, with the nation's score higher.
Percentage distribution of grade 4 public school students in science, by eligibility for free/reduced-price school lunch and jurisdiction in 2005
Jurisdiction Eligible Not eligible Information not available
Nation 45 53 2
Large central city 69 29 2
Atlanta 75 24 1
Austin 63 37 #
Boston 83 14 4
Charlotte 46 54 1
Chicago 85 15 #
Cleveland 100 # #
Houston 79 21 #
Los Angeles 85 15 #
New York City  86 13 1
San Diego 61 39 #
# The estimate rounds to zero.
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. If a school did not participate in the program or if school records were not available, students were categorized as "information not available." 
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2005 Trial Urban District Science Assessment.

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