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NAEP - Results of the Oral Reading Study

Quick Facts

Bullet 1,779 nationally representative fourth-graders participated.

Bullet Students who participated were a subsample of fourth-graders who took the main NAEP reading assessment.

Bullet Study measured students' oral reading accuracy, rate, and fluency.

Bullet Students read aloud a 198-word portion of a passage.
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2002 Oral Reading Study Results
Accuracy Results
Approximately three-quarters of fourth-graders read a 198-word excerpt of the passage "The Box in the Barn" with at least 95 percent accuracy.  More info
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Student reading outloud Rate Results 
Approximately 65 percent of fourth-graders read the 198-word excerpt at a rate of at least 105 words per minute. More info

Fluency Results
More than half the students in the study were rated as "fluent."  More information
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Students reading from a book Student Group Results 
Compared to 37 percent of female students reading with at least 98 percent accuracy, 32 percent of male students read with that level of accuracy. More information
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More Information

Download the NAEP 2002 oral reading study report for a printed version of the major results.

Read the passage "The Box in the Barn."

Explore all of the released 2002 reading questions in the NAEP Questions Tool.

Learn how the oral reading study was administered.

Explore the components of the oral reading study: accuracy, rate, and fluency.

Find out more about the oral reading study.

Find out about other special studies.

Return to the oral reading study overview.


Last updated 17 November 2005 (FW)

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