Reading Achievement in Southern Education States (K-12)
 
Click to view the full article (PDF) The National Assessment of Educational Progress is a battery of tests used to assess what representative samples of 4th, 8th, and 12th graders know in various subject areas in every state that participates. Student achievement levels are: below basic, at or above basic, at or above proficient, and advanced. “Proficient” is the achievement standard all students are expected to reach. NAEP tests also reveal the link between achievement and poverty: poorer students consistently perform significantly below grade level. In 2003, more than 40% of 4th graders and nearly a third of all 8th graders in the Southern Education States could not read at a basic level.
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