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Table B.2.a.-1 Percentage distribution of public school students across National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) reading achievement levels, by grade level and school locale: 2009
Grade level and school locale Below Basic   At Basic   At or above Proficient
Total   At Proficient   At Advanced
Percent Standard error Percent Standard error Percent Standard error   Percent Standard error   Percent Standard error
Grade 4                            
Total 34.4 (0.33)   34.1 (0.28)   31.5 (0.36)   24.4 (0.30)   7.2 (0.17)
City 42.0 (0.68)   31.9 (0.46)   26.1 (0.76)   19.9 (0.53)   6.2 (0.34)
Large 46.5 (0.84)   31.1 (0.70)   22.4 (0.82)   17.3 (0.58)   5.1 (0.37)
Midsize 39.9 (1.80)   31.1 (1.35)   29.0 (2.04)   21.2 (1.18)   7.7 (1.10)
Small 35.6 (1.44)   33.8 (1.12)   30.6 (1.53)   23.5 (1.33)   7.1 (0.60)
Suburban 29.7 (0.54)   34.0 (0.47)   36.4 (0.57)   27.3 (0.51)   9.0 (0.33)
Large 29.5 (0.61)   33.6 (0.52)   36.9 (0.61)   27.6 (0.55)   9.3 (0.35)
Midsize 30.1 (2.60)   35.9 (1.75)   34.0 (2.41)   26.8 (2.05)   7.2 (0.91)
Small 32.0 (2.25)   35.4 (1.75)   32.6 (2.91)   24.8 (1.51)   7.8 (1.83)
Town 35.9 (0.70)   35.7 (0.52)   28.3 (0.58)   23.2 (0.54)   5.1 (0.28)
Fringe 34.7 (1.30)   35.4 (1.30)   29.9 (1.28)   24.1 (1.00)   5.8 (0.54)
Distant 36.0 (1.20)   36.2 (0.81)   27.9 (0.98)   22.9 (0.88)   4.9 (0.54)
Remote 37.1 (1.14)   35.5 (1.09)   27.3 (1.11)   22.7 (1.00)   4.6 (0.31)
Rural 31.1 (0.46)   36.3 (0.39)   32.6 (0.46)   26.1 (0.45)   6.5 (0.28)
Fringe 29.2 (0.59)   35.9 (0.56)   34.9 (0.77)   27.4 (0.62)   7.5 (0.46)
Distant 32.0 (0.85)   36.8 (0.63)   31.1 (0.83)   25.2 (0.73)   5.9 (0.43)
Remote 36.4 (1.21)   36.4 (0.83)   27.2 (1.00)   22.8 (0.91)   4.4 (0.49)
Grade 8                            
Total 26.3 (0.35)   43.3 (0.35)   30.4 (0.35)   28.0 (0.33)   2.5 (0.09)
City 33.7 (0.59)   41.8 (0.65)   24.5 (0.51)   22.6 (0.49)   1.9 (0.19)
Large 37.4 (0.67)   41.5 (0.95)   21.1 (0.80)   19.5 (0.70)   1.6 (0.24)
Midsize 32.4 (1.93)   41.2 (1.53)   26.4 (1.59)   24.3 (1.56)   2.1 (0.37)
Small 27.6 (1.09)   43.0 (0.85)   29.4 (1.18)   27.0 (1.13)   2.4 (0.34)
Suburban 22.5 (0.59)   42.2 (0.59)   35.3 (0.58)   31.9 (0.51)   3.4 (0.20)
Large 22.1 (0.44)   41.8 (0.53)   36.1 (0.57)   32.6 (0.52)   3.5 (0.21)
Midsize 26.4 (3.77)   43.9 (2.25)   29.7 (2.18)   27.3 (1.83)   2.5 (0.69)
Small 21.8 (2.68)   44.3 (2.49)   33.9 (3.82)   30.7 (3.23)   3.2 (1.22)
Town 27.4 (1.22)   44.6 (0.63)   28.0 (1.06)   26.3 (1.01)   1.7 (0.15)
Fringe 24.7 (1.54)   44.1 (1.37)   31.2 (1.43)   29.1 (1.36)   2.1 (0.27)
Distant 29.9 (2.34)   44.4 (1.20)   25.7 (1.98)   24.2 (1.82)   1.5 (0.33)
Remote 26.6 (0.87)   45.5 (1.18)   28.0 (1.21)   26.5 (1.06)   1.5 (0.27)
Rural 22.8 (0.45)   46.0 (0.51)   31.2 (0.47)   29.1 (0.46)   2.1 (0.14)
Fringe 21.8 (0.67)   45.1 (0.83)   33.1 (0.78)   30.4 (0.76)   2.7 (0.23)
Distant 23.8 (0.96)   46.5 (0.98)   29.7 (1.00)   28.2 (0.97)   1.5 (0.18)
Remote 24.6 (0.97)   47.8 (1.11)   27.6 (1.22)   26.1 (1.19)   1.5 (0.19)
Grade 12                            
Total (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
City (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Large (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Midsize (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Small (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Suburban (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Large (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Midsize (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Small (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Town (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Fringe (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Distant (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Remote (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Rural (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Fringe (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Distant (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Remote (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
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NOTE: The achievement levels define what students should know and be able to do: Basic indicates partial mastery of fundamental skills, Proficient indicates demonstrated competency over challenging subject matter, and Advanced indicates superior performance. For more information on achievement levels, see http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/reading/achieve.asp. For more details on urban-centric locale categories, see http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/ruraled/definitions.asp. 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), 2009 Reading Assessment, NAEP Data Explorer.