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Report: Tennessee Schools In Bottom 10 For Reading, Math

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by Janet Kim

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A new report shows Tennessee schools are losing some ground among other states.

According to 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress, Tennessee dropped one to seven places in the national ranking, putting the state in the bottom ten for reading and math among fourth and eighth grade levels.

Nationwide, fourth and eighth graders scored higher in 2011 than two years ago on average in math, and reading improved in eighth grade.

But in Tennessee, the average test scores were unchanged, which ultimately caused the state's ranking to fall.

The samples were taken among students between January and March of this year.

At each grade level, students responded to questions designed to measure what they know and can do across five mathematics content areas, like geometry, statistics, probability and algebra.

At the reading level, students responded to questions designed to measure their comprehension on two types of texts, both literary and informational.

The results also showed that economically disadvantaged students in Tennessee are not scoring as high as those in neighboring states.

There were other states that also scored lower than in previous years, like Missouri and New York in math. Missouri and South Dakota dropped in reading.

It is expected that the state's education department will be taking a look at these numbers to see what Tennessee can do to improve.

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