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Grade 4 National Results

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  • View student performance by various student groups, including gender, race/ethnicity, type of school (public or private), family income level (based on eligibility for the National School Lunch Program), students with disabilities (SD), and English Language Learners (ELL).
  • Move the cursor over data points to see more detail.
  • When viewing average score figures, click on a group within the legend to show detailed information about its performance.
  • When viewing the achievement level or percentile figures, use the drop down menu to show data for each group.
  • Below each figure, click the button for "chart options" to see the data displayed in other chart formats.
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Achievement Levels

Higher percentages of White, Black, Hispanic, and Asian/Pacific Islander fourth-graders performed at or above Basic and at or above Proficient in 2011 than in 1992, but differences in comparison to 2009 were not statistically significant.

Beginning in 2011, additional information on students’ race/ethnicity was collected from schools so that results could be reported separately for Asian students, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students, and students categorized as being two or more races (multiracial). These categorizations are consistent with guidelines from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. In order to allow comparisons of 2011 results for racial/ethnic groups to previous assessments, the Asian and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students are combined into a single Asian/Pacific Islander category. Read more about this change.

Read specific descriptions of what fourth-graders should know and be able to do at the Basic, Proficient, and Advanced reading achievement levels.

Read more information on how to interpret NAEP reading results, including how each student group is defined.