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Nevada Students Improve in Reading And Math

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — An annual education report says Nevada public school students are doing better in math and reading, but are still lagging behind their national counterparts.

Findings from the National Assessment of Educational Progress released Tuesday show only 36 percent of Nevada’s fourth-graders were proficient in math, the highest number in a decade. Roughly 67 percent of public school eight-graders had at least basic math skills.

Nevada was among 12 states that saw higher math scores for eight-graders in 2011 compared to 2009.

In reading, 26 percent of Nevada eighth-graders and 25 percent of fourth-graders had proficient or higher scores.

Despite the gains, Nevada students continued to score lower than the national average in math, reading, writing and science.

The National Center for Education Statistics administers the test.

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