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


Table 11.1.

Percentage distribution of students at National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading achievement levels, by race/ethnicity and grade: 2005 and 2007


Grade, year, and
achievement level
Total1 White Black   Hispanic   Asian/Pacific Islander   American Indian/Alaska Native  
4th grade, 2007                    
Below Basic 33 22 54   50   23   51  
At Basic 34 35 32   32   32   30  
At or above Proficient 33 43 14   17   46   18  
At Advanced 8 11 2   3   15   4  
                     
8th grade, 2007                    
Below Basic 26 16 45   42   20   44  
At Basic 43 43 42   43   39   38  
At or above Proficient 31 40 13   15   41   18  
At Advanced 3 4 #   1   5   2 !
                     
12th grade, 2005                    
Below Basic 27 21 46   40   26   33 !
At Basic 37 36 38   40   38   41  
At or above Proficient 35 43 16   20   36   26 !
At Advanced 5 6 1 ! 2 ! 5    
# Rounds to zero.
! Interpret data with caution.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
1 Total includes other race/ethnicity categories not separately shown.
NOTE: Achievement levels are performance standards showing what students should know and be able to do. Basic denotes partial mastery of knowledge and skills that are fundamental for Proficient work at a given grade. (Below Basic, therefore, denotes less than this level of achievement.) Proficient represents solid academic performance. Students reaching this level have demonstrated competency over challenging subject matter. Advanced signifies superior performance. NAEP reports data on student race/ethnicity based on information obtained from school rosters. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. The NAEP assessment was not administered to grade 12 in 2007. 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 and 2007 Reading Assessment, NAEP Data Explorer.
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