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Reading scores increase since 2004 for male students at all three ages

Age 9
 Age 13
 Age 17

Trend in NAEP reading average scores for 9-year-old students, by gender


  • At age 9, the average reading scores for male and female students were higher in 2008 than in any previous assessment year.
  • Female 9-year-olds scored higher than their male counterparts in 2008.

* 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.
To read more details related to student group categories, see NAEP Long-Term Trend Reporting Groups.

2008 Long-Term Trend Report Card 2008 Long-Term Trend Report Card