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Reading for fun

Grade 4
 Grade 8

As part of the 2007 reading assessment, eighth-graders were asked about the amount of time they spent reading for fun. The full text of the question and the percentage of students who responded within each category are below.

How often do you read for fun on your own time?

A. Never or hardly ever
B. Once or twice a month
C. Once or twice a week
D. Almost every day

  Percentage of students
Jurisdiction Never or hardly ever Once or twice a month 1–2 times a week Almost every day
Nation 34 24 24 18
Large central city 29 26 28 17
Atlanta 24 27 34 15
Austin 33 26 24 18
Boston 26 28 28 18
Charlotte 32 25 25 17
Chicago 17 25 38 20
Cleveland 26 28 29 17
District of Columbia 21 29 32 18
Houston 32 30 26 12
Los Angeles 32 28 27 12
New York City 22 23 34 21
San Diego 34 23 26 17

Check for Statistical Significance

To further analyze these data, test for significance between categories, or see corresponding average scores, view the complete data for the nation and districts or large central cities. Click on the "Find Out" button in the NAEP Data Explorer to check for statistical significance. To learn about using the NAEP Data Explorer, view the NAEP Data Explorer tutorial.

Browse background questionnaires for the NAEP assessments.

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 Trial Urban District Reading Assessment.

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