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Target Population of the NAEP 2003 National Main Assessment

The target population for the 2003 national main assessment included all students in public or private schools who were enrolled in the fourth or eighth grades in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Counts of fourth- and eighth-grade public schools and the corresponding estimated number of students are found on the page Distribution of Fourth- and Eighth-Grade Schools and Enrollment in Public School Sampling Frame. Counts of twelfth-grade public schools and the corresponding estimated number of students are found on the page Sampling Frame for the 2003 National Main Assessment. Counts of fourth-, eighth-, and twelfth-grade private schools and the corresponding estimated number of students are provided in the table below.

Number of private schools, enrollment, by private school stratum and grade: 2003
Grade Private school stratum Number of schools Enrollment
All All private 44,675 1,018,136
4 Total private 19,535 403,322
Catholic 6,697 210,835
Lutheran 1,430 21,761
Conservative Christian 3,872 59,892
Other private and unknown affiliation 7,536 110,834
8 Total private 16,996 348,235
Catholic 5,999 180,360
Lutheran 1,194 16,786
Conservative Christian 3,321 47,838
Other private and unknown affiliation 6,482 103,251
12 Total private 8,144 266,579
Catholic 1,437 138,454
Lutheran 107 5,141
Conservative Christian 2,539 31,612
Other private and unknown affiliation 4,061 91,372
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, Private School Universe Survey (PSS), 1999-2000.

Last updated 09 July 2008 (PE)

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