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Gaps Between White and Minority Students Unchanged

  • Scores for both White and Black students have declined since 1992. Apparent declines since 1992 for other racial/ethnic groups were not statistically significant.
  • The percentages of students performing at or above Proficient have decreased since 1992 for White students, but showed no significant change for other racial/ethnic student groups.

Trend in twelfth-grade average NAEP reading scores, by race/ethnicity

* Significantly different from 2005.
1 Sample sizes were insufficient to permit reliable estimates for American Indian/Alaska Native students in 1992, 1998, and 2002.
NOTE: Black includes African American, Hispanic includes Latino, and Pacific Islander includes Native Hawaiian. Race category excludes Hispanic origin. View complete data with standard errors for grade 12.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), various years, 1992–2005 Reading Assessments.

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