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Digest of Education Statistics: 2008
Digest of Education Statistics: 2008

NCES 2009-020
March 2009


Table 124. Average reading scale scores of 4th- and 8th-graders, by selected student and parent characteristics and school type: Various years, 2000 through 2005
Year, grade, and school type All students Sex of child Race/ethnicity of child Highest education level of parents
Male Female White Black Hispanic Asian/Pacific Islander American Indian/Alaska Native Less than high school Graduated from high school Some education after high school Graduated from college Unknown
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
2000                                                            
4th-graders                                                            
Public 211 (1.4) 206 (1.4) 217 (1.6) 223 (1.2) 189   (1.9) 188   (3.1) 223   (5.8) (†)   (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Private, total 231 (1.8) 225 (—) 238 (—) 236 (—) 213 ! (—) 215   (—) 236 ! (—) (†)   (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Catholic 229 (2.5) 224 (2.9) 233 (2.5) 236 (2.0) 209 ! (2.5) 211 ! (5.7)   (†) (†)   (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Lutheran (†) (†) (†) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†) (†)   (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Conservative Christian (†) (†) (†) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†) (†)   (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
2002                                                            
4th-graders                                                            
Public 217 (0.5) 214 (0.5) 220 (0.5) 227 (0.3) 198   (0.6) 199   (1.4) 223   (1.7) 207 (2.0)   (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Private, total 234 (0.9) 231 (—) 237 (—) 239 (—) 212   (—) 223   (—) 231   (—) (†)   (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Catholic 234 (1.1) 231 (1.3) 236 (1.2) 239 (0.8) 212   (3.1) 222   (3.1) 229   (4.3) (†)   (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Lutheran 236 (1.4) 234 (2.0) 238 (1.8) 238 (1.3)   (†)   (†)   (†) (†)   (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Conservative Christian 229 (2.6) 226 (3.4) 233 (2.6) 234 (2.9) 216 ! (4.3)   (†)   (†) (†)   (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
                                                             
8th-graders                                                            
Public 263 (0.5) 258 (0.5) 267 (0.5) 271 (0.5) 244   (0.8) 245   (0.9) 265   (1.8) 252 (2.5) 247   (1.0) 256 (0.5) 267 (0.6) 273 (0.5) 246 (0.8)
Private, total 281 (0.9) 276 (—) 285 (—) 285 (—) 263   (—) 266   (—) 285   (—) (†) 264 ! (—) 270 (—) 279 (—) 285 (—) 265 (—)
Catholic 281 (0.9) 276 (1.3) 285 (1.0) 285 (0.8) 261   (2.5) 271   (2.7) 282   (4.2) (†)   (†) 272 (2.6) 278 (1.4) 285 (0.9) 266 (3.9)
Lutheran 281 (1.6) 278 (1.8) 284 (2.3) 283 (1.5)   (†)   (†)   (†) (†)   (†) 271 (3.9) 284 (3.6) 284 (1.6) (†)
Conservative Christian (†) (†) (†) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†) (†)   (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
2003                                                            
4th-graders                                                            
Public 216 (0.3) 213 (0.3) 220 (0.3) 227 (0.3) 197   (0.4) 199   (0.6) 225   (1.3) 202 (1.5)   (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Private, total 235 (0.8) 232 (—) 237 (—) 239 (—) 210   (—) 220   (—) 236   (—) (†)   (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Catholic 235 (1.0) 232 (1.2) 237 (1.2) 240 (0.9) 211   (2.4) 219   (1.9) 231   (3.6) (†)   (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Lutheran 232 (1.9) 229 (2.7) 234 (1.9) 236 (1.2) 206 ! (7.0)   (†)   (†) (†)   (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Conservative Christian (†) (†) (†) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†) (†)   (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
                                                             
8th-graders                                                            
Public 261 (0.2) 256 (0.3) 267 (0.3) 270 (0.2) 244   (0.5) 244   (0.7) 268   (1.2) 248 (1.7) 245   (0.6) 253 (0.4) 266 (0.4) 271 (0.3) 242 (0.6)
Private, total 282 (0.7) 278 (—) 287 (—) 286 (—) 261   (—) 269   (—) 286   (—) (†) 263   (—) 268 (—) 277 (—) 287 (—) 264 (—)
Catholic 281 (0.9) 277 (1.3) 286 (1.0) 286 (0.8) 260   (2.8) 270   (1.4) 280   (2.8) (†)   (†) 269 (1.7) 277 (1.5) 285 (0.9) 265 (2.5)
Lutheran 281 (1.6) 275 (2.1) 288 (2.3) 284 (1.5) 260 ! (4.6)   (†)   (†) (†)   (†) 271 (4.2) 276 (3.4) 286 (1.6) (†)
Conservative Christian 276 (1.5) 271 (2.0) 282 (1.9) 280 (1.6) 261 ! (6.4) 267 ! (7.1)   (†) (†)   (†) 263 (3.8) 275 (3.4) 282 (1.7) 258 (6.4)
2005                                                            
4th-graders                                                            
Public 217 (0.2) 214 (0.3) 221 (0.3) 228 (0.2) 199   (0.3) 201   (0.5) 227   (0.9) 205 (1.3)   (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Private, total (†) (†) (†) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†) (†)   (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Catholic 234 (0.8) 232 (1.1) 236 (1.1) 239 (0.9) 214   (2.4) 222   (2.1) 232   (3.1) (†)   (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Lutheran 231 (2.0) 229 (2.9) 234 (2.3) 233 (2.1)   (†)   (†)   (†) (†)   (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Conservative Christian (†) (†) (†) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†) (†)   (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
                                                             
8th-graders                                                            
Public 260 (0.2) 255 (0.2) 266 (0.2) 269 (0.2) 242   (0.4) 245   (0.4) 270   (0.8) 251 (1.2) 244   (0.5) 252 (0.3) 265 (0.2) 270 (0.2) 242 (0.4)
Private, total (†) (†) (†) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†) (†)   (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Catholic 280 (1.0) 275 (1.3) 284 (1.1) 285 (0.9) 259   (2.7) 268   (1.8) 280   (3.6) (†)   (†) 269 (2.1) 276 (1.6) 284 (1.0) 258 (2.9)
Lutheran 280 (1.8) 274 (2.7) 285 (2.0) 284 (1.6) 252   (6.0)   (†)   (†) (†)   (†) 270 (4.5) 275 (5.5) 286 (1.6) (†)
Conservative Christian (†) (†) (†) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†) (†)   (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
— Not available.
† Not applicable.
! Interpret data with caution.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
NOTE: The NAEP reading scale ranges from 0 to 500. Private totals include other private school categories not separately shown. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Standard errors appear in parentheses.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), Student Achievement in Private Schools: Results From NAEP 2000–2005; and the NAEP Data Explorer (http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/nde/), retrieved May 2006. (This table was prepared June 2006.)