North Carolina Students Score High Marks On Nation's Report Card

New math scores show North Carolina fourth- and eighth-graders are still performing better than students nationwide.

The biennial National Assessment of Educational Progress released Wednesday by the federal government shows North Carolina fourth-graders improved their scores slightly compared to 2007. There was no change from 2007 to 2009 for eighth-grade scores.

North Carolina fourth-graders on average scored 244 points on a 500-point scale, compared with 239 points nationwide. Eighth-graders scored 284 compared to 282 for the nation.

State Board of Education Chairman Bill Harrison said other results show state education standards are improving through time. The percentage of North Carolina fourth- and eighth-graders performing basic-level work or higher on the tests has increased markedly since the early 1990s.

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