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Status of Education in Rural America
NCES 2007-040
June 2007

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Table 2.1.

Percentage distribution of public school students across NAEP reading achievement levels, by grade level and locale: 2005


Grade level and locale Below basic At basic At or above proficient
Total At proficient At advanced
4th grade      
Total 37.5 32.7 29.8 23.0 6.8
City 46.0 30.4 23.6 18.3 5.3
Suburban 32.5 33.1 34.4 25.9 8.5
Town 38.2 33.6 28.1 22.6 5.5
Rural 34.1 34.8 31.1 24.6 6.5
Fringe 32.1 34.3 33.5 26.0 7.6
Distant 34.7 35.7 29.6 23.9 5.7
Remote 39.0 34.1 26.9 21.8 5.1
      
8th grade     
Total 29.0 42.1 28.9 26.3 2.5
City 36.8 40.7 22.6 20.7 1.8
Suburban 24.9 41.5 33.5 30.2 3.4
Town 28.9 43.8 27.3 25.2 2.1
Rural 25.7 43.9 30.4 28.0 2.4
Fringe 25.6 43.0 31.5 28.8 2.7
Distant 25.5 45.1 29.4 27.4 2.0
Remote 26.6 44.8 28.6 26.7 1.9!
      
12th grade     
Total 28.8 37.6 33.7 29.4 4.2
City 31.7 38.7 29.5 26.2 3.3
Suburban 26.1 36.7 37.2 31.8 5.4
Town 28.7 38.0 33.2 29.9 3.4!
Rural 29.5 37.1 33.4 29.3 4.1!
Fringe 30.2 35.6 34.2 30.1 4.2!
Distant 28.9 39.8 31.3 27.5 3.8!
Remote 28.5 37.4 34.1 29.8 4.3!
! Interpret data with caution.
NOTE: For information on NAEP, including technical aspects of scoring and assessment validity and more specific information on achievement levels, see http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard. Rural areas are located outside any urbanized area or urban cluster. Urbanized areas are densely settled areas containing at least 50,000 people. Urban clusters are densely settled areas with a population of 2,500 to 49,999. Fringe rural areas are 5 miles or less from an urbanized area or 2.5 miles or less from an urban cluster. Distant rural areas are more than 5 miles but less than or equal to 25 miles from an urbanized area, or more than 2.5 miles but less than or equal to 10 miles from an urban cluster. Remote rural areas are more than 25 miles from an urbanized area and more than 10 miles from an urban cluster. For more details on Census-defined areas, see http://www.census.gov/geo/www/ua/ua_2k.html. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2005 Reading Assessment.
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