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Youth Indicators 1996 / Indicator 34


Indicator 34. Writing Proficiency


Average writing proficiency scores, by grade, sex, and race/ethnicity: 1984 to 1992

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   Grade, sex, and
    race/ethnicity
     of students        1984   1988   1990   1992
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       Grade 4
   Total .............   204     206   202    207
Male .................   201     199   195    198
Female ...............   208     213   209    216

White, non-Hispanic ..   211     215   211    217
Black, non-Hispanic ..   182     173   171    175
Hispanic .............   189     190   184    189

       Grade 8
   Total .............   267     264   257    274
Male .................   258     254   246    264
Female ...............   276     274   268    285

White, non-Hispanic ..   272     269   262    279
Black, non-Hispanic ..   247     246   239    258
Hispanic .............   247     250   246    265

       Grade 11
   Total .............   290     291   287    287
Male .................   281     282   276    279
Female ...............   299     299   298    296

White, non-Hispanic ..   297     296   293    294
Black, non-Hispanic ..   270     275   268    263
Hispanic .............   259     274   277    274
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NOTE: The NAEP scale ranges from 0 to 500, but have been evaluated at certain performance levels. A score of 150 implies an unclear and disjointed response to the assigned writing task. A score of 200 implies an incomplete and vague response. A score of 250 implies a clear and focused response that is likely to accomplish the assigned task successfully. A score of 300 implies an ability to write a clear and sufficient response to accomplish a basic task. A score of 350 implies an ability to write an effective and coherent response to an assigned task, frequently with support-ing details.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress, NAEP 1992 Trends in Academic Progress.

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