[caption id="attachment_33932" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Fourth-grade NAEP reading scores remained unchanged."]Fourth grade NAEP reading scores remained unchanged.[/caption]

The reading scores for fourth- and eighth-grade students on a national test held mostly steady last year, continuing a stubborn trend of minimal improvement across most racial, economic, and geographic groups.

Scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), a series of federally funded achievement tests commonly referred to as the "Nation's Report Card," rose in two states and the District of Columbia in grade four and in nine states for grade eight in 2009. Overall, the...

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