While reading achievement scores have remained flat, math scores rose slightly

Since the 1970s, students' reading achievement scores have remained relatively flat, but math scores have risen modestly. While younger students have experienced some increases in test scores, older students' scores have generally stagnated.

NAEP math and reading achievement scores

While reading achievement scores have remained flat, math scores rose slightly

Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Assessment of Educational Progress, 2009.