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The Nation's Report Card 2005: Results of the 2005 National and State Mathematics and Reading Assessments for Grades 4 and 8


Findings since the previous assessment in 2003 show:

  • Fourth-grade students scored higher in both reading and mathematics.

  • Eighth-graders scored higher in mathematics, but reading scores decreased.

  • Many of the differences in achievement between Black or Hispanic students and their White counterparts have narrowed.

  • Most states did not see a change in reading scores for 4th or 8th graders.

  • Thirty-three states and jurisdictions showed an increase in 4th-grade mathematics scores.


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