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Scores in the South increased, while decreases were seen in the Midwest.

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Trend in eighth-grade NAEP reading average scores, by region

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  • Average scores for students in the Midwest region were lower in 2007 than in 2003, while scores for students in the South region were higher in 2007 than in 2005.

* Significantly different (p < .05) from 2007.
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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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