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Writing Achievement in Southern Education States (K-12) 1992-2003
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 and race: poorer and minority students consistently perform significantly below their class averages. NAEP average writing scores reveal that 17% of the 4th and 8th graders in Southern Education States do not possess writing skills that meet a basic level of competency. Despite the fact that nearly 1 in 5 students write at below grade level, this finding suggests that more of the regions students are competent in writing than in any other subject.
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