State Math Scores Rise for 4th and 8th Graders

September 25, 2007

Math and reading scores for 4th and 8th graders in Virginia are higher than their peers nationwide according to federal standardized tests released Tuesday.

According to the 2007 National Assessment of Educational Progress Virginia's students showed improvement in math, but the percentage of eighth-graders achieving "proficient" or "advanced" scores in reading dipped slightly, and barely improved among fourth-graders.

Virginia students ranked higher than the national average in both subjects, according to the NAEP tests, which were given this winter. The tests, also known as "the nation's report card," are considered the best gauge of public schools' student performance in core subjects.

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