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Average scores in reading for public school students increase in 2008

 Age 9
Age 13
 Age 17

Trend in NAEP reading average scores for 13-year-old students, by type of school


  • Compared to 2004, the average reading score for public school students at age 13 increased by 3 points.
  • There was no significant change in the average reading score for private school students at age 13 in 2008 compared to 1980.

* Significantly different (p < .05) from 2008.
NOTE: Results are not available for 1971 and 1975. Participation rates fell below the required standard for reporting for 13-year-olds attending private schools in 2004. View complete data with standard errors for public and private schools, and catholic schools.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), various years, 1980–2008 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.

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