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Table B.1.88. Average PIRLS reading scores of U.S. 4th- grade students, by race/ethnicity: 2011

Race/ethnicity Average score s.e.
PIRLS scale average 500 0.0
U.S. average 556 1.5
White 575 1.9
Black 522 3.6
Hispanic 532 2.2
Asian 588 4.5
Multiracial 578 4.5
NOTE: Reporting standards were not met for American Indian/Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander. Black includes African American, Hispanic includes Latino, and Asian includes Pacific Islander and Native Hawaiian. Racial categories exclude Hispanic origin. Students who identified themselves as being of Hispanic origin were classified as Hispanic, regardless of their race. Although data for some race/ethnicities are not shown separately because the reporting standards were not met, they are included in the U.S. and state totals shown throughout the report. See appendix A of source publication more information. The Reading scale ranges from 0 to 1000. Standard error is noted by s.e.
SOURCE: Thompson, S., Provasnik, S., Kastberg, D., Ferraro, D., Lemanski, N., Roey, S., and Jenkins, F. (2012). Highlights From PIRLS 2011: Reading Achievement of U.S. Fourth-Grade Students in an International Context (NCES 2013–010), supplemental table E-5. National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC.
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