Urban Education

National Trends

 

Writing


In 1998, fourth and eighth graders in rural/small town schools and urban fringe/large town schools had higher average writing scores than their counterparts in central city schools. Eighth and twelfth graders in urban fringe/large town schools had higher average writing scores than their counterparts in rural/small town schools. Twelfth graders in central city schools had writing scores that were similar to their counterparts in urban fringe/large town schools and rural/small town schools.

Free/Reduced-Price School Lunch Program and writing

The NAEP 1998 writing assessment also collected information on student eligibility for the federally funded Free/Reduced-Price School Lunch Program, which provides children near or below the poverty line with nourishing meals. At all three grade levels, students who were eligible for the Free/Reduced-Price School Lunch Program had lower average writing scores than students who were not eligible for the program.




 

 


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