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Report: NY’s 4th, 8th grade test scores up slightly

A national report card shows New York students are doing slightly better on math and reading tests than they were two years ago and about average when compared with the rest of the country.

Still, well under half of the state’s fourth- and eighth-graders are considered proficient in the subjects.

And achievement gaps remain between white and minority students.

The nation’s report card was released Thursday by the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

It shows that 40 percent of New York fourth-grade students and 32 percent of eighth-grade students scored proficient in math.

In reading, 37 percent of fourth-grade students and 35 percent of eighth-grade students met that benchmark.

The findings are based on assessments given earlier this year and unrelated to the standardized tests the state gives each spring.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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