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Educational Outcomes

Reading Performance

The 2017 average National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading score for 4th-graders was 5 points higher than the 1992 score, and the average score for 8th-graders was 7 points higher (see Digest of Education Statistics, 2017, table 221.10). Females at both grade levels had higher average scores than males in 2017.

Table 22. Performance of 8th-graders in NAEP reading assessments, by selected characteristics: 1992, 2013, and 2017

Selected characteristic 1992 2013 2017
Average scale score260268267
Sex
Male254263262
Female267273272
Race/ethnicity
White267276275
Black237250249
Hispanic241256255
Asian/Pacific Islander268280282
American Indian/Alaska Native251253
Two or more races271272
    
Percent of students at performance levels
At or above Basic697876
At or above Proficient293636

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