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Virginia 4th graders exceed US 4th graders in math and in top four groups in reading

Virginia fourth graders outperformed their nationwide peers in mathematics and reading on the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The national tests — also known as the Nation’s Report Card — are taken every two years by representative samples of fourth- and eighth-grade students in each state and nationwide.

For the first time, 50 percent of Virginia fourth graders achieved at or above the proficient level in mathematics, with 12 percent earning advanced scores. Students in no other state performed at a statistically higher level.

The national testing program defines proficiency as “solid academic performance…over challenging subject matter, including subject-matter knowledge, application of such knowledge to real-world situations, and analytical skills appropriate to the subject matter.”

Nationwide, only 40 percent of public school fourth-grade students achieved at or above the proficient level in mathematics, with eight percent achieving advanced scores.

Some 43 percent of Virginia’s 4th grade students met or exceeded the rigorous national standard for proficiency in reading, with 12 percent demonstrating advanced reading skills. Only students in Massachusetts, New Jersey and Department of Defense schools performed at a statistically higher level in fourth-grade reading, the release said.

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