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

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Table 2.3.

Percentage distribution of public school students across NAEP science 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 34.0 39.0 27.0 24.7 2.3
City 46.2 34.8 19.1 17.5 1.6
Suburban 29.9 39.7 30.4 27.6 2.7
Town 31.5 41.0 27.4 25.3 2.1
Rural 25.9 42.3 31.7 29.2 2.6
Fringe 24.1 41.8 34.1 31.2 2.9
Distant 26.7 43.5 29.9 27.6 2.2
Remote 30.8 41.5 27.8 25.4 2.3!
       
8th grade      
Total 42.7 30.0 27.3 24.4 2.9
City 54.7 25.8 19.5 17.3 2.1
Suburban 38.2 30.6 31.2 27.5 3.7
Town 40.4 31.6 28.0 25.4 2.6
Rural 36.3 33.5 30.2 27.4 2.8
Fringe 36.2 32.2 31.6 28.2 3.4
Distant 37.1 34.7 28.2 26.0 2.2
Remote 34.3 35.5 30.2 28.5 1.7!
       
12th grade      
Total 48.2 34.5 17.3 15.6 1.8!
City 56.5 30.0 13.5 12.0 1.5
Suburban 44.9 35.3 19.8 17.6 2.2!
Town 44.1 37.8 18.1 16.5 1.7!
Rural 45.6 36.7 17.7 16.3 1.5!
Fringe 44.3 37.0 18.7 17.0 1.7!
Distant 46.9 36.4 16.7 15.2 1.5!
Remote 47.2 36.2 16.7 16.0 0.7!
! 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 Science Assessment.
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