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Wash., Idaho fourth-graders stall in math

Wed., Oct. 14, 2009, 9:23 a.m.

New national test results show Washington eighth-graders are better at math than the eighth-graders of 2007. But fourth-graders in Idaho and Washington aren’t showing any improvement.

The results are from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, a series of federally funded achievement tests often referred to as the nation’s report card.

Test scores were released Wednesday.

Washington eighth- and fourth-graders are both doing better than the national average. But just like in states across the country, the achievement gap between children of different races and economic situations is not improving in Washington state.

Idaho also was among 10 states that saw improvement only in eighth grade. Just four states — Nevada, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont — and the District of Columbia managed to show improvement in both fourth and eighth grades.

Nationwide, the math tests were given to more than 168,000 fourth-graders and 161,000 eighth-graders at public and private schools in every state.

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