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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: 2011

Grade level and school locale Below or at Basic   At or above Proficient
Below Basic   At Basic   Total   At Proficient   At Advanced
Percent Standard error   Percent Standard error   Percent Standard error   Percent Standard error   Percent Standard error
Grade 4                            
Total 33.8 (0.36)   33.8 (0.27)   32.4 (0.39)   24.9 (0.30)   7.5 (0.17)
City 41.8 (0.84)   32.0 (0.62)   26.2 (0.74)   20.0 (0.49)   6.2 (0.35)
Large 45.7 (1.07)   31.4 (0.83)   22.9 (0.75)   17.8 (0.54)   5.1 (0.34)
Midsize 39.9 (2.23)   32.3 (1.15)   27.8 (2.07)   20.7 (1.42)   7.1 (0.90)
Small 35.3 (1.24)   32.9 (1.11)   31.7 (1.37)   24.1 (0.91)   7.6 (0.71)
Suburban 28.9 (0.59)   33.8 (0.40)   37.3 (0.72)   27.9 (0.59)   9.4 (0.31)
Large 28.6 (0.71)   33.3 (0.42)   38.1 (0.83)   28.2 (0.70)   9.8 (0.37)
Midsize 30.9 (1.93)   36.2 (1.58)   32.9 (1.76)   26.4 (1.52)   6.4 (0.74)
Small 29.6 (2.27)   35.9 (1.54)   34.5 (2.52)   26.4 (1.70)   8.1 (1.20)
Town 36.4 (0.96)   34.8 (0.52)   28.9 (0.99)   23.4 (0.85)   5.4 (0.43)
Fringe 30.5 (1.68)   34.6 (1.56)   34.8 (1.86)   27.4 (1.49)   7.5 (1.06)
Distant 39.9 (1.82)   34.5 (1.19)   25.6 (1.34)   21.3 (1.14)   4.4 (0.46)
Remote 37.1 (1.91)   35.4 (1.29)   27.5 (1.68)   22.5 (1.61)   5.0 (0.53)
Rural 29.8 (0.48)   35.7 (0.41)   34.5 (0.60)   27.1 (0.44)   7.4 (0.36)
Fringe 27.5 (0.78)   34.9 (0.68)   37.6 (0.93)   28.8 (0.69)   8.7 (0.57)
Distant 32.2 (0.79)   37.0 (0.71)   30.8 (0.69)   25.3 (0.54)   5.5 (0.43)
Remote 36.1 (1.27)   35.8 (1.10)   28.1 (1.02)   23.1 (0.90)   5.1 (0.56)
                             
Grade 8                            
Total 25.3 (0.31)   43.0 (0.26)   31.6 (0.28)   28.6 (0.25)   3.0 (0.11)
City 32.3 (0.59)   41.7 (0.56)   26.0 (0.46)   23.5 (0.41)   2.4 (0.18)
Large 35.3 (0.62)   42.2 (0.62)   22.5 (0.60)   20.4 (0.52)   2.1 (0.22)
Midsize 33.5 (1.68)   40.8 (1.57)   25.8 (1.46)   23.3 (1.22)   2.5 (0.47)
Small 25.9 (1.14)   41.6 (1.12)   32.5 (1.25)   29.4 (1.22)   3.1 (0.43)
Suburban 22.2 (0.45)   42.0 (0.48)   35.8 (0.58)   31.9 (0.47)   3.9 (0.20)
Large 22.0 (0.50)   41.7 (0.50)   36.2 (0.62)   32.2 (0.54)   4.0 (0.21)
Midsize 24.3 (1.49)   44.3 (1.41)   31.4 (1.58)   28.4 (1.27)   3.0 (0.83)
Small 20.8 (1.77)   42.1 (2.41)   37.2 (3.05)   33.4 (2.67)   3.7 (0.88)
Town 25.0 (0.69)   45.4 (0.72)   29.5 (0.70)   27.2 (0.61)   2.3 (0.23)
Fringe 21.5 (1.03)   45.2 (1.23)   33.3 (1.34)   30.2 (1.31)   3.0 (0.39)
Distant 27.8 (1.25)   46.0 (1.31)   26.2 (1.17)   24.7 (1.18)   1.5 (0.27)
Remote 25.8 (1.03)   44.8 (1.29)   29.4 (1.20)   26.9 (0.93)   2.4 (0.56)
Rural 21.8 (0.54)   45.0 (0.48)   33.2 (0.60)   30.6 (0.58)   2.7 (0.19)
Fringe 20.8 (0.84)   44.0 (0.60)   35.3 (0.97)   32.1 (0.91)   3.1 (0.28)
Distant 23.2 (0.91)   46.1 (0.74)   30.7 (0.87)   28.7 (0.88)   2.1 (0.24)
Remote 23.9 (1.19)   47.1 (1.10)   29.0 (1.57)   27.1 (1.60)   1.9 (0.47)
                             
Grade 12                            
Total (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
City (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Large (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Midsize (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Small (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Suburban (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Large (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Midsize (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Small (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Town (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Fringe (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Distant (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Remote (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Rural (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Fringe (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Distant (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Remote (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
— Not available.
† Not applicable.
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), 2011 Reading Assessment, NAEP Data Explorer.
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