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Title:  The Nationís Report Card: Reading 2003
Description: This report presents results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2003 fourth- and eighth-grade reading assessments for the nation, for participating states and other jurisdictions, and for participating urban districts. Assessment results are described in terms of studentsí average reading score on a 0Ė500 scale and in terms of the percentage of students attaining each of three achievement levels: Basic, Proficient, and Advanced. National and district-level scores at different percentiles on the scale (indicating the percentage of students whose scores fell below a particular point) are also discussed. This report also provides results for subgroups of students defined by various background characteristics (e.g., gender, race/ethnicity, and studentsí eligibility for free/reduced-price lunch). Comparisons are made to results from previous years in which the assessment was administered. In addition to the 2003 results, national results are reported from the 1992, 1994, 1998, 2000 (fourth grade only), and 2002 assessments. Results for participating states and other jurisdictions are also reported from the 1992, 1994, 1998, and 2002 assessments at grade 4 and from the 1998 and 2002 assessments at grade 8. Results for participating urban districts are reported for 2002 and 2003. The national results from the assessment showed no measurable difference between the average fourth-grade reading score in 2003 and the score in 1992. The average eighth-grade reading score was higher in 2003 than in 1992. Of the 42 states and jurisdictions that participated in both the 1992 and 2003 fourth-grade reading assessments, 13 showed increases in average scores and 5 showed declines. Of the 39 states and jurisdictions that participated in the 1998 and 2003 eighth-grade assessments, 8 showed increases in average reading scores and 7 showed declines. The report also includes sample assessment questions and examples of student responses. Appendices include information on national, state, and district samples, school and student participation rates, participation and accommodation of students with disabilities and/or limited-English-proficient students, subgroup percentages, state-level contextual variables, and sample texts from the NAEP 2003 reading assessment.
Online Availability:
Cover Date: July 2005
Web Release: September 15, 2005
Print Release: Currently only available online, print version forthcoming.
Publication #: NCES 2005453
General Ordering Information
Center/Program: NCES
Authors: Patricia L. Donahue, Mary C. Daane, Ying Jin
Type of Product: Statistical Analysis Report
Survey/Program Areas: National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
Questions: For questions about the content of this Statistical Analysis Report, please contact:
Grady Wilburn.