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Classroom Context: Writing for School

As part of the 2011 writing assessment, twelfth-graders were asked how many pages they write for English/language arts homework. The full text of the question, and percentage of students who responded in each category are below.

In a typical week, about how many pages do you write for English/language arts homework?

A. None
B. Up to one page
C. One to three pages
D. Four to five pages
E. More than five pages

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Grade 12

In 2011, a higher percentage of Black, Hispanic, and Asian students reported writing four or more pages for English/language arts homework in a typical week than did their White peers. Use the tabs below to view the percentages by the student groups shown. Click chart options below the chart to explore average scores or make comparisons of your choice.