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Nationally representative samples of about 190,000 fourth-graders, 172,000 eighth-graders, and 46,000 twelfth-graders participated in the 2013 NAEP reading assessment.

See the national/state results for grades 4 and 8.
See the national/state results for grade 12.


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.

See the 2013 TUDA results.


As part of the 2013 NAEP assessment in reading, students at grades 4, 8, and 12 were asked to demonstrate their understanding of words as used in literary and informational texts. This focus on students’ understanding of words in varied contexts highlights the importance of vocabulary in reading comprehension.

See the results of the 2013 vocabulary report

Explore the 2013 Vocabulary Report. View Report. 


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NCES provides a 1-page customized summary report for each state or jurisdiction that participates in the NAEP assessments.

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NCES provides a 1-page customized summary report for each district in that participates in the NAEP assessments.

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