Tuesday, November 1, 2011
New test scores show the nation's fourth- and eighth-graders doing their best ever in math. In reading, eighth-graders had some modest improvements.
But schools still have a long way to go to get everyone on grade level.
Just a little more than one-third of the students are proficient or higher in reading. In math, 40 percent of the fourth-graders and 35 percent of the eighth-graders have reached that level.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan says the results are reason for concern as much as optimism.
The scores are from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP. The Education Department's National Center for
Education Statistics administers the test.