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White, Black, Hispanic, and Asian/Pacific Islander fourth-graders scored higher in 2007 than in 1992.

Grade 4
 Grade 8

Trend in fourth-grade NAEP reading average scores and score gaps, by White – Black students


  • The score gap between White and Black students was smaller in 2007 than in previous assessments.

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

* Significantly different (p < .05) from 2007.
NOTE: Score gaps are calculated based on differences between unrounded average scores. Black includes African American. Race categories exclude Hispanic origin. 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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