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Overall average reading scores higher in 2008 than in 2004 for students at all three age groups 

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Trend in NAEP reading average scores for 17-year-old students

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  • At age 17, the average reading score in 2008 was higher than in 2004 but not significantly different from that in 1971.

* Significantly different (p < .05) from 2008.
NOTE: View complete data with standard errors.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), various years, 1971–2008 Long-Term Trend Reading Assessments.

To read more details on comparisons across years, see About the Long-Term Trend Assessment.

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