TN Students Behind National Average

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Tennessee students lag behind the national average for improvements in math and reading.

National test results released yesterday showed only a slight improvement in the math scores of Tennessee's fourth- and eighth-graders.

Twenty-nine percent of the state's fourth-graders showed grade-level sufficiency in math in 2007. That's up from 28 percent in 2005. Eighth grade students improved to 23 percent, from 21 percent in 2005.

Reading scores in the fourth grade stayed at 27 percent sufficiency. Eighth graders are reading at 26 percent sufficiency.

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