West Virginia Sees Increase in Eighth-Grade Reading Scores

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia was the only state in the nation to see its eighth-grade average reading score on the National Assessment of Educational Progress increase significantly from 2013.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the figures were released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Education.

West Virginia’s average reading scores for eighth-graders grew by three points to 260. It was four points shy of the national average. Fourth-grade scores grew by one point to 216.

West Virginia, however, saw its fourth-grade average math score drop from 237 to 235, and it saw its eighth-grade average math score decrease from 274 to 271.

The numbers are based on tests given to nearly 600,000 students in about 14,000 schools. The NAEP is given to a sample of students every two years.