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Scores were higher in 2007 than all previous assessment years for lower- and middle-performing students at grade 4.

Grade 4
 Grade 8

Trend in fourth-grade NAEP reading percentile scores

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


  • Scores for lower- and middle-performing students at the 10th, 25th, and 50th percentiles were higher in 2007 than in all previous assessment years.

* 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.

To read more about achievement levels and how they are set, see Reporting the Assessment—Scale Scores and Achievement Levels.

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