4th grade NAEP reading scores at left
And here is what the President said in his SOTU address:
"Minority students are closing the achievement gap, and student achievement is rising – more reading progress was made by 9-year-olds in five years than in the previous 28 years combined, and reading and math scores for 9-year-olds and fourth-graders have reached all-time highs.
Now below are 4th and 8 grade reading comparisons based on ethnicity:
And below is the chart (click it to enlarge) from which the President drew his conclusions that were delivered in his speech to show that NCLB is working: