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Two out of the five districts that participated in the 2002 assessment posted higher scores in 2007 at grade 8.

Grade 4
 Grade 8

Trend in average scores for eighth-grade public school students in NAEP reading, by jurisdiction

Trend in eighth-grade NAEP reading average scores, by jurisdiction


  • Average scores in Atlanta and Cleveland were higher in 2007 compared to all previous years.
  • Average scores in Atlanta, Cleveland, the District of Columbia, and Houston were higher in 2007 than in 2005.
  • Average scores in Los Angeles were higher in 2007 than in 2002 and 2003.

1 District did not participate in 2002 and/or 2003.
2 Data for eighth-graders in New York City were not available in 2002 because the district did not meet minimum participation guidelines for reporting.
* Significantly different (p < .05) from 2007.
NOTE: View complete data with standard errors in districts and the nation or in large central cities.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), various years, 2002–2007 Trial Urban District Reading Assessments.

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