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Math tests: Fourth-grade progress stalls

by The Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on October 14, 2009 at 5:35 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 14 at 5:36 PM

WASHINGTON -- New test scores show fourth-graders made no gains in math since 2007, although eighth-graders' scores improved.

Math results were released Wednesday from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. They show fourth-graders stalled after two decades of slow and steady progress.

It's too early to tell if there is a trend. Since 1990, test scores have been rising in both grades, and fourth-graders generally have made bigger gains.

Still, officials said they were troubled by the lack of progress. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said the results are a call to action.

On a 500-point scale, fourth-graders on average scored 240, unchanged from two years ago. Eighth-graders on average scored 283, up from 281 two years ago.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) 

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