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The results of the NAEP reading assessment present a broad view of what our nation's students know and can do in reading. The assessment is designed to measure students' reading comprehension by asking them to read selected grade-appropriate materials and answer questions based on what they have read. Every two years, students at grades 4, 8, and 12 are assessed in reading. Results of the 2015 assessment at grades 4 and 8 are available now. Results of the assessment at grade 12 will be available in 2016. Find out more about the assessment and its framework. Learn more...

Reading Results

Explore the results of the 2015 reading assessment at grades 4 and 8. Explore the vocabulary results from the 2013 NAEP reading assessment.Download a copy of the Vocabulary Results from the 2009 and 2011 NAEP Reading Assessments report.Download the NAEP Mega-States report and explore the educational progress in the five most populous states in the nation in mathematics, reading, and science. View the online version of the Mega-States report.

Spotlight on State Results

Do you have a special interest in the reading results for your particular state? The 2015 State Snapshots for grades 4, 8, and 12 as well as individual State Profiles, are also available​. 

Spotlight on the Trial Urban District Assessment Results

Explore preliminary results of the 2015 Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA), view individual district performance in the 2015 District Snapshots and District Profiles, and learn more about TUDA.

Long-Term Trends

Long Term TrendsSee results from the 2012 NAEP long-term trend assessment in reading.


The long-term trend assessment uses different instruments and student samples from those used in the main assessment in reading. It is not possible to compare the results of the two assessments.

Learn about the differences between long-term trend NAEP and main NAEP.

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How the NAEP Reading Assessment Works

Learn what the assessment measures and how it was developed.

Learn who took the assessment and how the assessment was administered.

Explore sample questions from NAEP assessments.

Find out what students know and can do by reading about the NAEP reading scale. Gain a greater understanding of the reading scale by exploring the 2015 reading item map.

Find out what students should know and be able to do by viewing descriptions of the NAEP reading achievement levels.

Find out how to interpret the results of the assessment, including the potential effects of exclusion on assessment results.

Exploring NAEP Reading

Using NAEP Data

Explore a wealth of NAEP data in the NAEP Data Explorer.

Licensed researchers can explore restricted-use data for 2011 reading, grades 4 and 8 at national and state levels, and 2009 grade 12 mathematics and reading data at the national level. Other years and other NAEP microdata are also available.


Last updated 28 October 2015 (FW)
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