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

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Table 2.2.

Percentage distribution of public school students across NAEP mathematics 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 20.5 44.1 35.3 30.5 4.8
City 28.0 43.3 28.7 24.6 4.1
Suburban 16.7 42.7 40.7 34.4 6.3
Town 19.7 46.3 34.0 30.5 3.5
Rural 17.3 46.7 36.0 31.9 4.1
Fringe 16.2 45.3 38.5 33.4 5.0
Distant 17.6 47.8 34.6 31.1 3.5
Remote 19.9 48.3 31.8 28.9 2.9
      
8th grade       
Total 32.1 39.4 28.5 22.8 5.6
City 41.2 35.9 22.9 17.9 5.0
Suburban 27.6 38.9 33.4 26.1 7.3
Town 31.2 42.4 26.4 22.4 4.0
Rural 28.2 42.9 28.9 24.2 4.6
Fringe 27.7 41.6 30.7 24.9 5.8
Distant 28.3 44.4 27.3 23.8 3.5
Remote 29.9 44.5 25.7 22.6 3.0
      
12th grade       
Total 41.1 37.4 21.5 19.5 2.0
City 47.3 35.1 17.6 15.3 2.3
Suburban 37.6 37.2 25.3 22.8 2.5
Town 38.9 40.5 20.6 19.7 1.0!
Rural 40.4 39.0 20.6 19.0 1.6
Fringe 40.4 36.8 22.8 20.7 2.1!
Distant 39.7 41.4 18.9 17.6 1.3!
Remote 41.9 40.9 17.2 16.8 0.4!
! 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 Mathematics Assessment.
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