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Table B.1.89. Average PIRLS reading scores of U.S. 4th-grade students, by percentage of students in public school eligible for free or reduced-price lunch: 2011

Percentage of students in public school eligible for free or reduced-price lunch Average score s.e.
PIRLS scale average 500 0.0
U.S. average 556 1.5
Less than 10 percent (Level 1) 605 3.8
10 percent - 24.9 percent (Level 2) 584 2.9
25 percent - 49.9 percent (Level 3) 568 2.5
50 percent - 74.9 percent (Level 4) 544 2.7
75 percent or more (Level 5) 520 3.2
NOTE: Analyses are limited to public schools only, based on school reports of the percentage of students in public school eligible for the federal free or reduced-price lunch program. 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-6. National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC.
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