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At grade 4, the average reading score was higher than in all previous assessment years.

Grade 4
 Grade 8

Trend in fourth-grade NAEP reading average scores

Key. Dashed line is accommodations not permitted. Solid line is accommodations permitted. 


  • The average reading score in 2007 was 4 points higher than 1992 and 2 points higher than 2005.

* Significantly different (p < .05) from 2007.
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, 1992–2007 Reading Assessments.

See the percentage of students with disabilities and/or English language learners identified, excluded, and assessed in reading. Read more about the NAEP inclusion policy.

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