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Grade 8 National Results

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Average Scores
Achievement Levels

For eighth-graders whose parents had graduated from college, the average reading score in 2011 was higher than in 1992 and 2009. For students whose parents had not finished high school or had graduated from high school, average scores in 2011 were higher than in 1992 but not significantly different from 2009.

Read specific descriptions of what eighth-graders should know and be able to do at the Basic, Proficient, and Advanced reading achievement levels.

Read more information on how to interpret NAEP reading results, including how each student group is defined.