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Language arts classroom activities

 Grade 4
Grade 8

As part of the 2007 reading assessment, eighth-graders were asked about the amount of time they spent on various classroom activities involving language arts. The full text of the question and corresponding percentages of students within each category are shown in the table below.

Now think about reading and writing you do for school. For your English class this year, how often do you do each of the following?

  Percentage of students
Activity Never or hardly ever A few
times a year
Once or twice a month At least once a week

Have a class discussion about something that the whole class has read

11 14 30 45

Work in pairs or small groups to talk about something that you have read

18 18 37 27

Write in a journal about something that you have read for English class

33 16 23 28


Check for Statistical Significance

To further analyze these data, test for significance between categories, or see corresponding average scores, view the complete data with standard errors in the NAEP Data Explorer. Click on "Find Out" to check for statistical significance. To learn about using the NAEP Data Explorer, view the NAEP Data Explorer tutorial.

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NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2007 Reading Assessment.

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