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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).
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  • 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.
Average Scores
Achievement Levels

The average reading scores for fourth-graders attending public schools and Catholic schools were higher in 2011 than in 1992, but were not significantly different from the scores in 2009. The average score in 2011 for students attending private schools was not significantly different from the score in 1992 or 2009.

Sample sizes were insufficient to permit reliable estimates for Bureau of Indian Education students in 1992–2003, Department of Defense students in 1992–2000, and other private school students in 2005–2011.

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.