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Status and Trends in the Education of American Indians and Alaska Natives
Indicator 4.2: Student Performance in Reading

Figure 4.2. Average reading scale scores, by grade and selected race/ethnicity: 2000, 2002, and 2003
Average reading scale scores, by grade and selected race/ethnicity: 2000, 2002, and 2003
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NOTE: Accommodations were permitted. Scale score ranges from 0 to 500. For a discussion of the reading scale score definitions, see http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/reading/scale.asp.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2000, 2002, and 2003 Reading Assessments.

American Indian/Alaska Native 4th- and 8th-grade students generally score lower than White and Asian/Pacific Islander students on NAEP reading assessments.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) periodically assesses the skills of 4th- and 8th-grade students. NAEP assesses reading for literary experience (in grades 4 and 8), reading for information (in grades 4 and 8), and reading to perform a task (in grade 8).

In the 2003 assessment, American Indian/Alaska Native students had lower average reading scale scores than White and Asian/Pacific Islander students in both 4th and 8th grades. American Indian/Alaska Native students scored higher than Black students in the 4th grade in 2003.

Between 2002 and 2003, the average reading scores among American Indian/Alaska Native 4th-graders decreased by 5 points.

In addition to average scale scores, NAEP data are expressed as a series of achievement levels to indicate how well students perform against expectations for what students should know and be able to do. In 2003, a larger percentage of American Indians/Alaska Natives compared to Blacks read "at or above basic" in 4th grade and "at or above proficient" in 8th grade. Higher percentages of White and Asian/Pacific Islander students in both 4th and 8th grades achieved "at or above basic" and "at or above proficient" than American Indian/Alaska Native students.

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