New Jersey NAEP 2009 Reading Results: Highlights 
New Jersey fourth-graders had an average scale score (229) that was higher than the nation (220), and higher than all other states except Massachusetts (234).
New Jersey fourth-graders scored the same as their counterparts in 2007, but higher than New Jersey fourth-graders assessed in 2005, and all previous NAEP assessments back to 1992.
When disaggregated, the New Jersey fourth-grade reporting groups did not demonstrated improvement over the two year period from 2007 to 2009, and the achievement gaps were unchanged.
No state had an average scale score higher than New Jersey’s (273), and New Jersey was among the nine states or jurisdictions in the top-performing tier that performed higher than the nation’s public schools (262) and all other states and jurisdictions.
While there was no significant closing of the achievement gaps for New Jersey or the nation, one encouraging result was the significant improvement of students with a disability from 2007 (236) to 2009 (250).
New Jersey Reading Achievement Growth, Grades 4 and 8: [2007 to 2009]