The average reading score for students who were eligible for the National School Lunch Program was higher in 2009 than in 1998 and in 2007.
Because of the improved quality of the data on students'
eligibility for NSLP, the percentage of students for whom
information was not available has decreased compared to the
percentages reported prior to the 2003 assessment. See the proportion of students in each category in the NAEP Data Explorer.