These tests allow educators to compare educational knowledge of students nationally, because unlike state-specific tests, the National Assessment of Education Progress uses the same test questions and same proficiency scores in every state.
North Dakota’s scores remain above the national averages. California’s average eight grade math score was higher than that of five states and Washington, D.C. and about the same as nine states.
Jeffrey Villar, executive director of the Connecticut Council for Education Reform, said change takes time.
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