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Question:
How are American students performing in reading?

Response:
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) assesses student performance in reading. NAEP reading scores range from 0 to 500. In 2013, the average reading score for 4th-grade students (222) was not measurably different from the 2011 score, but it was higher than the scores on assessments between 1992 (217) and 2009 (221). For 8th-grade students, the average reading score in 2013 (268) was more than 2 points higher than in 2011 (265), was 8 points higher than in 1992 (260), and was higher than the average scores in all previous years. In 2009, the average reading score for 12th-grade students (288) was more than 2 points higher than in 2005 (286) but 4 points lower than in 1992 (292).


Average reading scale scores of 4th- and 8th-grade students: Selected years, 19922013

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NOTE: The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading scale ranges from 0 to 500. The 8th-grade NAEP reading assessment was not administered in 2000.


In 2013, the percentage of 4th-grade students performing at or above the Basic achievement level (68 percent) was not measurably different from the percentage in 2011 but was higher than the percentage in 1992 (62 percent). A higher percentage of 4th-grade students performed at or above the Proficient achievement level in 2013 (35 percent) than in 2011 (34 percent) and 1992 (29 percent). Among 8th-grade students, the percentage performing at or above Basic in 2013 (78 percent) was higher than in 2011 (76 percent) and 1992 (69 percent). A higher percentage of 8th-grade students performed at or above Proficient in 2013 (36 percent) than in 2011 (34 percent) and 1992 (29 percent). Among 12th-grade students, the percentage performing at or above Basic (74 percent) in 2009 was not significantly different from the percentage in 2005 but was lower than the percentage in 1992 (80 percent). The percentage of 12th-graders performing at or above Proficient was higher in 2009 (38 percent) than in 2005 (35 percent) but was not significantly different from the percentage in 1992.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2014). The Condition of Education 2014 (NCES 2014-083), Reading Performance.

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