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Mass. students still tops in reading, math

Massachusetts students continue to lead the nation in reading and mathematics based on the results of the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress exam, officials said.

Students in Massachusetts ranked first in 4th-grade reading and 8th-grade math, according to the NAEP results. The Commonwealth was tied for first in 4th-grade math and 8th-grade reading scores.

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“These promising results reaffirm our position as a national leader in education,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “I am extremely proud of the work our students and teachers put in to achieve these results and remain committed to ensuring that every child is prepared for success in the classroom and beyond.”

This is the fourth NAEP test in a row in which Massachusetts students have won or tied for first place, the governor’s office said in a statement.

The NAEP has also seen an increase in scores for African-American and Hispanic students in Massachusetts, officials said.

“Along with Governor Patrick, state officials, and local parents, I am extremely proud of our students,” said US Representative John Tierney. “Our teachers, parents, and students continue to excel and, in doing so, highlight the strength of our education system and our role as a national leader in education.”

Amanda Cedrone can be reached at acedrone@globe.com.
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