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White, Black, Hispanic, and Asian/Pacific Islander fourth-graders scored higher in 2007 than in 1992.

Grade 4
 Grade 8

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

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  • Average scores for White, Black, and Hispanic students were higher in 2007 than in any previous assessment.
  • Average scores for Asian/Pacific Islander students were higher in 2007 than in 2005 and 1992.

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Family income

* Significantly different (p < .05) from 2007.
NOTE: Sample sizes were insufficient to permit reliable estimates for American Indian/Alaska Native students in 1992 and 1998. Black includes African American, Hispanic includes Latino, Pacific Islander includes Native Hawaiian, and American Indian includes Alaska Native. Race categories exclude Hispanic origin. View complete data with standard errors.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), various years, 1992–2007 Reading Assessments.

To read more about achievement levels and how they are set, see Reporting the Assessment—Scale Scores and Achievement Levels.

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