Document Number: 2516The Nation's Report Card: Fourth-Grade Reading 2000 - Efforts to improve reading achievement in elementary grades have not yet yielded results, according to this statistical analysis report from the U.S. Department of Education. The report presents results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2000 reading assessment at grade 4 and makes comparisons to 4th-grade reading performance on previous NAEP assessments. One chapter focuses on student-reported background information about school and home experiences, and their relation to reading performance; the final chapter includes the performance of special-needs students who were permitted accommodations in the test administration. In addition, the report includes the full text of a reading passage, sample test questions and examples of student responses. (P.L. Donahue, R.J. Finnegan, A.D. Lutkus, N.L. Allen and J.R. Campbell, National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, April 2001)...