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NAEP - Average Reading Scale Scores in Relation to the NAEP Achievement Levels, by Average Number of Words Read Per Minute

Average reading scale scores in relation to the NAEP achievement levels, by average number of words read per minute, grade 4: 2002

Average reading scale scores in relation to the achievement levels, by average number of words read per minute, Grade 4: 2002D-link

NOTE: The oral reading study passage comprises 198 words.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2002 Oral Reading Study.




Major Findings

  • The average score (185) for participating students whose reading rate was less than 80 words per minute and the average score (207) for students whose reading rate was between 80 and 104 words per minute for the reading excerpt fell below the Basic achievement level.
  • The average score (225) for students who read between 105 and 129 words per minute fell within the Basic achievement level.
  • The average score (244) for students who read at least 130 words per minute fell within the Proficient achievement level. 

View percentage of students, by number of words read in the first minute of oral reading.

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Last updated 03 November 2005 (JM)

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