Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Minorities
NCES 2010-015
July 2010

Table 10.

Percentage of children from the 2001 birth cohort who were Proficient in letter and number and shape recognition at about 4 years old, by race/ethnicity: 200506

Race/ethnicity Proficient in
letter recognition
  Proficient in numbers
and shape recognition
Total 32.7   65.4
White 36.8   73.1
Black 28.3   54.7
Hispanic 23.0   51.4
Asian 49.4   81.2
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander  
American Indian/Alaska Native 18.8   39.9
Two or more races 35.4   65.4
‡ Reporting standards not met.
NOTE: Data are based on a representative sample of children born in 2001. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort, Longitudinal 9-month–Preschool Restricted-Use Data File.