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Native Americans’ Reading

By Mary Ann Zehr — May 20, 2008 1 min read

“National Indian Education Study 2007, Part I”

From 2005 to 2007, the performance of 4th and 8th graders on the National Assessment of Educational Progress remained the same overall for students who are American Indians or Alaska Natives, according to a study by the National Center for Education Statistics.

American Indian and Alaska Native students did better on NAEP in both reading and math if they attended schools with smaller concentrations of Native students. Students attending schools where fewer than 25 percent of students were from a Native group did better on the assessment than students at schools with higher concentrations of such students.

In another finding, American Indian and Alaska Native students in regular public schools did better on the national assessment than such students in Bureau of Indian Education schools.

See Also

For more stories on this topic see Testing and Accountability.

A version of this article appeared in the May 21, 2008 edition of Education Week

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