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Scores across all regions increased in 2007.

Grade 4
 Grade 8

Trend in fourth-grade NAEP reading achievement-level performance, by region

Key. Top bar percent at Advanced. Middle bar percent at or above Proficient. Bottom bar percent at or above Basic.


  • The percentages of students in each region performing at or above Basic were higher in 2007 than in 2005 and 2003.
  • The percentage of students in the Northeast at or above Proficient was higher in 2007 than in 2005 and 2003.

* Significantly different (p < .05) from 2007.
NOTE: 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), 2003, 2005, and 2007 Reading Assessments.

NAEP started collecting data by U.S. census regions in 2003. To see more information about the states contained in each region, see NAEP reporting groups

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

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