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DoDEA Fourth and Eighth Graders Near the Top of the Nation in Reading

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — October 28, 2005 — On October 28, the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) announced the reading results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) which were administered from late January to early March in 2005. The Department of Defense (DoD) fourth and eighth graders scored significantly higher than the national average. For the first time, the domestic and overseas school systems within DoD participated in NAEP as a single jurisdiction.

 

Achievement and Rankings
Eighth grade students in DoDEA earned the second highest reading score in the nation at 271. DoDEA eighth graders scored below Massachusetts (274) and one point ahead of Maine, New Hampshire, and North Dakota (270). DoDEA eighth graders scored 11 points above the national average of 260.
NAEP 2005 Average Reading Score: Grade 8
Rank State/Jurisdiction Average
Scale Score
1 Massachusetts 274
2 DoDEA 271
3 North Dakota, Maine, New Hampshire 270
4 New Jersey, Montana, Vermont, South Dakota 269
5 Minnesota, Wyoming, Virginia 268
6 Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Ohio 267
7 Wisconsin, Delaware 266
8 New York, Colorado, Missouri, Washington 265
  Nation 260


At the fourth grade level, reading scores for DoDEA students earned the third highest score of 226, behind Massachusetts with a score of 231 and New Hampshire and Vermont with scores of 227.

NAEP 2005 Average Reading Score: Grade 4
Rank State/Jurisdiction Average
Scale Score
1 Massachusetts 231
2 New Hampshire, Vermont 227
3 DoDEA, Delaware, Virginia, Connecticut 226
4 Minnesota, North Dakota, Maine, Montana 225
5 Colorado 224
6 Washington, New Jersey, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio 223
7 South Dakota, Idaho 222
8 Nebraska, Utah, Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa 221
  Nation 217


The reading national score ranks for DoDEA 4 th and 8 th grade students in 2002, 2003 and 2005 show consistently high performance over time.

NAEP Reading National Rank Scores for 2000, 2003 and 2005
All Students Grade 8 Grade 4
  2000 2003 2005 2000 2003 2005
DoDEA 1st 2nd 2nd 5th 4th 3rd




Minority Achievement
African American and Hispanic students in DoDEA continued to score the highest in the nation when compared with their stateside public school counterparts at both grade levels tested in reading.
NAEP 2005 Average Reading Scale Scores
African American Students
Grade 8 Students 2000 2003 2005
  Score Rank Score Rank Score Rank
DoDEA African American 262 1st 258 1st 258 1st
Nation African American 244   244   242  
Nation All Students 263   261   260  


At the fourth grade level in 2005, African American students in the DoD schools scored above the national average for all students. African American fourth graders achieved a score of 218, which is above the national average of 217 for all fourth grade students nationwide.



NAEP 2005 Average Reading Scale Scores
African American Students
Grade 4 Students 2000 2003 2005
  Score Rank Score Rank Score Rank
DoDEA African American 215 1st 214 1st 218 1st
Nation African American 198   197   199  
Nation All Students 217   216   217  




Hispanic students in DoDEA continued to lead their counterparts throughout the nation. In addition to achieving the highest or 2nd highest scores among their stateside counterparts, DoDEA Hispanic students at fourth and eighth grade continued to surpass the national average score for all students in the nation.

NAEP 2005 Average Reading Scale Scores
Hispanic Students
Grade 8 Students 2000 2003 2005
  Score Rank Score Rank Score Rank
DoDEA Hispanic 270 1st 268 1st 268 1st
Nation Hispanic 245   244   245  
Nation All Students 263   261   260  


NAEP 2005 Average Reading Scale Scores
Hispanic Students
Grade 4 Students 2000 2003 2005
  Score Rank Score Rank Score Rank
DoDEA Hispanic 222 2nd 218 1st 219 2nd
Nation Hispanic 199   199   201  
Nation All Students 217   216   217  




Additional Information
Detailed statistical information on the 2005 NAEP reading assessment and all other NAEP assessments can be found on the web at: http://www.nationsreportcard.gov

Assessment items and samples of student responses from the 2005 reading assessment, along with sample questions from other subject areas, can be found on the web at: http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/