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‘Nation’s Report Card’ Sees Modest Improvement In Math, Reading Scores

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Reading and math levels for U.S. fourth- and eighth-graders showed encouraging but modest signs of improvement in 2013, U.S. education officials said Thursday.

Releasing what is known as “The Nation’s Report Card,” the Department of Education said the evaluation revealed “the strongest performance in the history” of the survey.

The National Assessment of Education Progress found average math scores for fourth- and eighth-graders were 1 point higher than two years ago. Scores were 28 points higher for fourth-graders and 22 points higher for eighth-graders than when the assessment began in 1990.

Scores for Hispanic students in both grade levels rose 2 points. The evaluation found girls scored better in math than in 2011, but scores of boys remained relatively unchanged.

Reading scores for eighth-graders rose 2 points, but those for fourth-graders did not change significantly. However, the assessment found scores for fourth-graders were up 5 points from 1992 while eighth-graders’ scores were up 8 points.

The department said all seven states and the District of Columbia that had implemented Common Core State Standards had improved in at least one of the assessments in the last four years and none had declined.

The District of Columbia and the states of Tennessee and Hawaii showed the greatest progress, the report found.

The department said the signs of progress “are especially compelling because they cannot be attributed to teaching to the test or testing irregularities, such as cheating.”

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