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NAEP - Percentage of Students, by Race/Ethnicity and NAEP Oral Reading Fluency Scale Level

Percentage of students, by race/ethnicity and NAEP oral reading fluency scale level, grade 4: 2002

Percentages of students, by race/ethnicity and NAEP fluency scale level, Grade 4: 2002D-link

NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Data for Asian/Pacific Islander and American Indian/Alaska Native categories of race/ethnicity are not given because sample sizes for them were insufficient.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2002 Oral Reading Study.

Major Findings

  • Approximately 64 percent of the female participants were rated in fluency levels 3 and 4 combined, as compared to approximately 56 percent of male participants.
  • A higher percentage of White students than Black and Hispanic students were rated as "fluent" (levels 3 and 4).
  • No statistically significant difference was found between the likelihood of Hispanic students and Black students to be rated as "fluent."
  • Approximately 68 percent of participating White students, 40 percent of Black students, and 46 percent of Hispanic students attained fluency ratings in the top half of the fluency scale.

Differences in students' performance on the 2002 reading assessment between demographic groups of students are discussed only if they have been determined to be statistically significant. The reader should bear in mind that the estimated average scale score for a student group does not reflect the entire range of performance within that group. Differences in student group performance cannot be ascribed solely to students' student group identification. Average student performance is affected by the interaction of a common set of educational, cultural, and social factors not discussed on these pages or addressed by NAEP assessments. Note that only three racial/ethnic students groups (White, Black, and Hispanic) were represented in the oral reading study in great enough numbers to report results for those students.

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Last updated 01 November 2005 (FW)