Ky. 4th, 8th graders outperform peers nationally in reading

A national report card shows Kentucky’s public school students are outperforming their peers nationally in fourth- and eighth-grade reading and in fourth-grade mathematics. But eighth-grade students in Kentucky scored below the national average in math.
    
The results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the nation’s report card, were released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Education.
    
Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt says he’s encouraged by the performance in reading, but says efforts to improve results in middle school math will be a future emphasis.
    
In Kentucky, 75 percent of fourth graders and 78 percent of eighth graders scored at the basic level or above in reading. In math, 84 percent of fourth graders and 68 percent of eighth graders scored at the basic level or higher.

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