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Scores were higher in 2007 than in 2005 and 1992 for public school students at grade 8.

 Grade 4
Grade 8

Trend in eighth-grade NAEP reading achievement-level performance, by type of school

Key. Top bar percent at or above Proficient. Bottom bar percent at or above Basic.


  • The percentage of public school students at or above Basic was higher in 2007 than in 2005 and 1992.

* Significantly different (p < .05) from 2007.
NOTE: Sample size was insufficient to permit a reliable estimate for private schools in 2005. Private schools include Catholic, other religious, and nonsectarian private schools. 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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