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Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Minorities
NCES 2007-039
September 2007

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Table 9a.

Average reading scale scores on the long-term trend National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), by age and race/ethnicity: Various years, 1971-2004


Year 9-year-olds 13-year-olds 17-year-olds
White Black Hispanic White Black Hispanic White Black Hispanic
1971 2141 1701 2611 2221 291 239
1975 217 181 183 262 226 232 293 241 252
1980 221 189 190 264 233 237 293 243 261
1984 218 186 187 263 236 240 295 264 268
1988 218 189 194 261 243 240 295 274 271
1990 217 182 189 262 241 238 297 267 275
1992 218 185 192 266 238 239 297 261 271
1994 218 185 186 265 234 235 296 266 263
1996 220 191 195 266 234 238 295 266 265
1999 221 186 193 267 238 244 295 264 271
2004 226 200 205 266 244 242 293 264 264
— Not available.
1 Data for 1971 include persons of Hispanic origin.
NOTE: The NAEP reading scores have been evaluated at certain performance levels. Scale ranges from 0 to 500. Students scoring 150 (or higher) are able to follow brief written directions and carry out simple, discrete reading tasks. Students scoring 200 are able to understand, combine ideas, and make inferences based on short uncomplicated passages about specific or sequentially related information. Students scoring 250 are able to search for specific information, interrelate ideas, and make generalizations about literature, science, and social studies materials. Students scoring 300 are able to find, understand, summarize, and explain relatively complicated literary and informational material. Includes public and private schools. Excludes persons not enrolled in school and those who were unable to be tested due to limited proficiency in English or due to a disability. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic origin. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). (2006). Digest of Education Statistics, 2005 (NCES 2006-030), table 108, data from U.S. Department of Education, NCES, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), various years, 1971–2004 Long-Term Trend Reading Assessment.
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