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Table 123. Average reading scale scores of 4th-, 8th-, and 12th-graders, by selected student and school characteristics: Selected years, 1992 through 2007
Selected student or school characteristic 19921 19941 1998 2000 2002 2003 2005 2007
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
4th-graders, all students 217 (0.9) 214 (1.0) 215 (1.1) 213 (1.3) 219 (0.4) 218 (0.3) 219 (0.2) 221 (0.3)
Sex                                
Male 213 (1.2) 209 (1.3) 212 (1.3) 208 (1.3) 215 (0.4) 215 (0.3) 216 (0.2) 218 (0.3)
Female 221 (1.0) 220 (1.1) 217 (1.3) 219 (1.4) 222 (0.5) 222 (0.3) 222 (0.3) 224 (0.3)
                                 
Race/ethnicity                                
White 224 (1.2) 224 (1.3) 225 (1.0) 224 (1.1) 229 (0.3) 229 (0.2) 229 (0.2) 231 (0.2)
Black 192 (1.7) 185 (1.8) 193 (1.9) 190 (1.8) 199 (0.5) 198 (0.4) 200 (0.3) 203 (0.4)
Hispanic 197 (2.6) 188 (3.4) 193 (3.2) 190 (2.9) 201 (1.3) 200 (0.6) 203 (0.5) 205 (0.5)
Asian/Pacific Islander 216 (2.9) 220 (3.8) 215 (5.6) 225 (5.2) 224 (1.6) 226 (1.2) 229 (0.7) 232 (1.0)
American Indian/Alaska Native (†) 211 (6.6) (†) 214 (6.0) 207 (2.0) 202 (1.4) 204 (1.3) 203 (1.2)
                                 
Control of school                                
Public 215 (1.0) 212 (1.1) 213 (1.2) 211 (1.4) 217 (0.5) 216 (0.3) 217 (0.2) 220 (0.3)
Private, total 232 (1.7) 231 (2.5) 232 (2.6) 231 (1.8) 234 (0.9) 235 (0.8) (†) 234 (1.1)
Catholic 229 (2.2) 229 (3.3) 232 (2.7) 229 (2.5) 234 (1.1) 235 (1.0) 234 (0.8) 232 (1.3)
Lutheran (†) (†) (†) (†) 236 (1.4) 232 (1.9) 231 (2.0) (†)
Conservative Christian (†) (†) (†) (†) 229 (2.6) (†) (†) (†)
8th-graders, all students 260 (0.9) 260 (0.8) 263 (0.8) (†) 264 (0.4) 263 (0.3) 262 (0.2) 263 (0.2)
Sex                                
Male 254 (1.1) 252 (1.0) 256 (1.0) (†) 260 (0.5) 258 (0.3) 257 (0.2) 258 (0.3)
Female 267 (1.0) 267 (1.0) 270 (0.8) (†) 269 (0.5) 269 (0.3) 267 (0.2) 268 (0.3)
                                 
Race/ethnicity                                
White 267 (1.1) 267 (1.0) 270 (0.9) (†) 272 (0.4) 272 (0.2) 271 (0.2) 272 (0.2)
Black 237 (1.7) 236 (1.8) 244 (1.2) (†) 245 (0.7) 244 (0.5) 243 (0.4) 245 (0.4)
Hispanic 241 (1.6) 243 (1.2) 243 (1.7) (†) 247 (0.8) 245 (0.7) 246 (0.4) 247 (0.4)
Asian/Pacific Islander 268 (3.9) 265 (3.0) 264 (7.1) (†) 267 (1.7) 270 (1.1) 271 (0.8) 271 (1.1)
American Indian/Alaska Native (†) 248 (4.7) (†) (†) 250 (3.5) 246 (3.0) 249 (1.4) 247 (1.2)
                                 
Parents' highest level of education                                
Did not finish high school 243 (1.4) 238 (1.9) 242 (1.6) (†) 248 (1.0) 245 (0.7) 244 (0.5) 245 (0.5)
Graduated high school 251 (1.4) 252 (1.2) 254 (1.3) (†) 257 (0.5) 254 (0.4) 252 (0.4) 253 (0.4)
Some education after high school 265 (1.1) 266 (1.3) 268 (1.1) (†) 268 (0.5) 267 (0.4) 265 (0.3) 266 (0.3)
Graduated college 271 (1.0) 270 (0.9) 273 (0.9) (†) 274 (0.4) 273 (0.3) 272 (0.2) 273 (0.2)
                                 
Control of school                                
Public 258 (1.0) 257 (0.8) 261 (0.8) (†) 263 (0.5) 261 (0.2) 260 (0.2) 261 (0.2)
Private, total 278 (2.0) 279 (1.4) 281 (1.7) (†) 281 (0.9) 282 (0.7) (†) 280 (0.9)
Catholic 275 (1.9) 279 (1.3) 282 (1.8) (†) 281 (0.9) 281 (0.9) 280 (1.0) 282 (1.3)
Lutheran (†) (†) (†) (†) 281 (1.6) 281 (1.6) 280 (1.8) (†)
Conservative Christian (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) 276 (1.5) (†) (†)
12th-graders, all students 292 (0.6) 287 (0.7) 290 (0.6) (†) 287 (0.7) (†) 286 (0.6) (†)
Sex                                
Male 287 (0.7) 280 (0.8) 282 (0.8) (†) 279 (0.9) (†) 279 (0.8) (†)
Female 297 (0.7) 294 (0.8) 298 (0.8) (†) 295 (0.7) (†) 292 (0.7) (†)
                                 
Race/ethnicity                                
White 297 (0.6) 293 (0.7) 297 (0.7) (†) 292 (0.7) (†) 293 (0.7) (†)
Black 273 (1.4) 265 (1.6) 269 (1.4) (†) 267 (1.3) (†) 267 (1.2) (†)
Hispanic 279 (2.7) 270 (1.7) 275 (1.5) (†) 273 (1.5) (†) 272 (1.2) (†)
Asian/Pacific Islander 290 (3.2) 278 (2.4) 287 (2.7) (†) 286 (2.0) (†) 287 (1.9) (†)
American Indian/Alaska Native (†) 274 (5.8) (†) (†) (†) (†) 279 (6.3) (†)
                                 
Parents' highest level of education                                
Did not finish high school 275 (1.4) 266 (1.5) 268 (1.8) (†) 268 (1.5) (†) 268 (1.7) (†)
Graduated high school 283 (0.8) 277 (1.3) 279 (1.2) (†) 278 (1.1) (†) 274 (0.9) (†)
Some education after high school 294 (0.8) 289 (1.0) 291 (1.0) (†) 289 (1.0) (†) 287 (0.8) (†)
Graduated college 301 (0.8) 298 (1.0) 300 (0.7) (†) 296 (0.8) (†) 297 (0.7) (†)
                                 
Control of school                                
Public 290 (0.7) 286 (0.7) 289 (0.7) (†) (†) (†) 285 (0.7) (†)
Private, total 308 (1.3) 301 (1.9) 303 (1.6) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Catholic 307 (1.5) 298 (2.4) 303 (2.2) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Lutheran (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Conservative Christian (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
— Not available.
† Not applicable.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
1 Accommodations were not permitted for this assessment.
NOTE: Scale ranges from 0 to 500. Includes public and private schools. Excludes persons not enrolled in school and those who were unable to be tested due to limited proficiency in English or due to a disability. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Some data have been revised from previously published figures. Standard errors appear in parentheses.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 1992, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2007 Reading Assessments, retrieved June 16, 2008, from the NAEP Data Explorer (http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/nde/). (This table was prepared June 2008.)
 

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