Even though most participating districts performed below the national average overall, scores for student groups in some districts were higher than the scores for their peers in the nation.
- For example, the average score for lower-income students (i.e., those eligible for the National School Lunch Program) in Boston was higher than the score for lower-income students nationally, even though the overall average score for the district was lower than the nation.
- Only Detroit and Philadelphia had lower scores for all categories of students by race/ethnicity and eligibility for the National School Lunch Program with samples large enough to report results.
Comparison of district and national average scores for fourth-grade public school students in NAEP reading, by selected student groups: 2009
NOTE: Black includes African American, Hispanic includes Latino, and Pacific Islander includes Native Hawaiian. Race categories exclude Hispanic origin. The NAEP Reading scale ranges from 0 to 500. DCPS = District of Columbia Public Schools.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2009 Reading Assessment.