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Types of writing performed for school

Grade 8
 Grade 12

As part of the 2007 writing assessment, eighth-graders were asked about the types of writing they did for school. The question and the percentage of students who responded within each category are below.

How often do you write each of the following for school this year?

  Percentage of students
Writing activity Never or hardly ever A few
times a year
Once or twice a month At least once a week

Thoughts or observations in a log or journal

38 18 17 27

A simple summary of something you have read

20 22 33 24

A report about something that you have studied or researched

11 34 44 11

An essay in which you analyze or interpret something

16 30 40 15

A letter or essay in which you try to convince or persuade others to believe or do something

18 37 33 11

A story (such as a story about a personal or imagined experience)

19 34 33 14

Business writing (such as a resume or letter to a company)

58 28 11 3

Check for Statistical Significance

To further analyze these data, test for significance between categories, or see corresponding average scores, view the complete data with standard errors in the NAEP Data Explorer. Click on "Find Out" 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 Writing Assessment.

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