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Nationally representative samples of about 190,000 fourth-graders and 172,000 eighth-graders participated in the 2013 NAEP reading assessment. Results are reported for public and private school students in the nation, and for public school students in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Department of Defense schools. At each grade, students responded to questions designed to measure their reading skills across two types of texts: literary and informational


  • The average reading score for eighth-graders was 2 points higher in 2013 than in 2011, but the score for fourth-graders did not change significantly from 2011. Reading scores were higher in 2013 than in 1992 at both grades. 
  • White students made gains since 2011 at both grades, and Black, Hispanic, and Asian/Pacific Islander students made gains at grade 8.
  • Compared to 2011, higher percentages of students at both grades are performing at the Proficient and Advanced levels.


    • Compared to 2011, average scores were up in 9 states at grade 4 and in 14 states at grade 8, with students in Iowa, Tennessee, Washington, the District of Columbia, and Department of Defense schools showing gains at both grades.


    • Compared to 2011, average reading scores were higher in the District of Columbia (DCPS) at both grades. Scores were higher in Atlanta, Chicago, and Los Angeles at grade 4 and in Charlotte and Fresno at grade 8. Fourth-graders in Detroit had lower scores in 2013 than in 2011.


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