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Table 221.25. Average National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading scale score, by percentage of students in school eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, grade, and school locale: 2015 and 2017
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Grade and school locale Total Percent of students in school eligible for free or reduced-price lunch1
0 to 25 percent 26 to 50 percent 51 to 75 percent 76 to 100 percent
1 2 3 4 5 6
Grade 4 (2017)                    
Total 222 (0.3) 240 (0.6) 228 (0.6) 218 (0.6) 205 (0.5)
City 217 (0.5) 241 (2.1) 229 (1.3) 216 (1.5) 204 (0.6)
Large 215 (0.7) 243 (2.9) 231 (1.5) 217 (2.1) 203 (0.7)
Midsize 217 (1.5) 237 (5.4) 230 (2.4) 213 (5.4) 204 (1.2)
Small 222 (1.4) 242 (3.0) 226 (2.9) 217 (2.7) 206 (1.6)
                     
Suburban 227 (0.4) 241 (0.7) 228 (1.1) 220 (1.0) 206 (1.0)
Large 228 (0.4) 241 (0.6) 228 (1.1) 220 (1.3) 206 (1.1)
Midsize 224 (1.7) 238 (2.1) 225 (3.1) 221 (1.7) 208 (2.3)
Small 222 (4.3) 246 (9.6) 232 (1.6) 214 (2.7) 199 (4.4)
                     
Town 217 (0.8) 232 (2.4) 225 (0.9) 217 (1.0) 203 (2.4)
Fringe 222 (1.5) 234 (4.2) 226 (1.3) 217 (2.7) 209 (3.6)
Distant 216 (1.5) 235 (2.4) 224 (1.7) 219 (1.4) 205 (3.7)
Remote 213 (1.3) 226 (4.0) 225 (1.3) 214 (1.7) 197 (2.3)
                     
Rural 222 (0.7) 236 (1.3) 227 (0.8) 218 (0.7) 206 (2.0)
Fringe 225 (1.2) 238 (1.4) 229 (1.2) 218 (1.0) 204 (3.4)
Distant 220 (0.8) 228 (2.4) 224 (1.5) 218 (1.4) 211 (1.5)
Remote 212 (1.5) 229 (9.0) 222 (1.4) 217 (1.3) 200 (2.2)
                     
Grade 8 (2017)                    
Total 267 (0.3) 281 (0.5) 270 (0.4) 261 (0.5) 250 (0.5)
City 262 (0.5) 282 (1.5) 272 (1.1) 260 (1.0) 249 (0.7)
Large 261 (0.8) 283 (2.1) 271 (1.7) 260 (1.8) 248 (0.8)
Midsize 263 (1.2) 280 (4.7) 275 (2.2) 260 (2.0) 249 (1.7)
Small 265 (1.0) 283 (1.8) 270 (1.0) 260 (1.3) 249 (1.6)
                     
Suburban 271 (0.4) 282 (0.7) 272 (0.6) 261 (1.0) 251 (1.0)
Large 272 (0.4) 283 (0.7) 272 (0.6) 262 (1.1) 251 (1.0)
Midsize 267 (1.7) 275 (5.0) 275 (1.1) 257 (1.7) 246 (2.4)
Small 269 (1.6) 279 (2.1) 270 (2.7) 264 (2.5) 256 (4.3)
                     
Town 262 (0.6) 274 (3.0) 267 (1.0) 261 (0.9) 249 (1.2)
Fringe 267 (1.0) 273 (2.5) 271 (2.0) 262 (2.6) 249 (3.2)
Distant 260 (0.7) 269 (4.2) 266 (1.4) 261 (1.4) 246 (1.3)
Remote 262 (1.4) 284 (5.3) 265 (1.2) 260 (1.2) 254 (2.2)
                     
Rural 265 (0.5) 278 (0.9) 267 (0.9) 260 (0.8) 251 (1.2)
Fringe 268 (0.8) 280 (1.1) 269 (1.5) 260 (1.1) 251 (1.7)
Distant 263 (0.8) 274 (1.9) 264 (1.3) 260 (1.2) 251 (2.2)
Remote 262 (1.2) 267 (7.2) 266 (1.2) 262 (1.5) 251 (2.0)
                     
Grade 12 (2015)2                    
Total 287 (0.5) 298 (1.5) 289 (1.0) 282 (1.2) 266 (1.7)
City 284 (1.3) 299 (2.5) 293 (1.6) 280 (2.0) 261 (2.3)
Suburban 290 (0.9) 298 (2.2) 290 (1.8) 282 (1.9) 269 (3.7)
Town 287 (2.0) 308 (8.0) 286 (2.9) 289 (2.8) 272 (5.1)
Rural 287 (1.5) 294 (2.2) 286 (2.1) 281 (2.4) 271 (3.7)
1 Nonresponse for this variable was greater than 15 percent but not greater than 50 percent.
2 Results for 2015 are shown because a NAEP Reading Assessment was not conducted at grade 12 in 2017. More detailed breakouts of school locale are not available at grade 12.
NOTE: Scale ranges from 0 to 500. Includes public, private, Bureau of Indian Education, and Department of Defense Activity schools. Includes students tested with accommodations (9 to 12 percent of all students, depending on grade); excludes only those students with disabilities and English language learners who were unable to be tested even with accommodations (2 percent of all students at all grades).
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2015 and 2017 Reading Assessments, retrieved May 29, 2019, from the Main NAEP Data Explorer (https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/naepdata/). (This table was prepared May 2019.)

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