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US eighth-graders do well on test, but states vary widely

WASHINGTON — Eighth-graders in more than half the US states did better than average on an international test in math and science, but the top students lagged behind South Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan, according to a study released by the US government Thursday.

In math, public school students in 36 states scored higher than average. The lowest scoring state was Alabama and the highest was Massachusetts. US students did better on the science test, with students in 47 states scoring higher than average. The District of Columbia was the lowest scoring US jurisdiction while Massachusetts was again the highest scorer.

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