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Nevada Ranks Below U.S. Average in Reading, Math Scores

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CARSON CITY, Nev. - Despite gains in reading scores among eighth graders, Nevada ranked below the national average in reading and math, according to a new report.

According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), which rated scores for fourth and eighth graders, Nevada ranked below the national average in proficiency in math and reading.

Read the NAEP 2013 Report

The Nevada Department of Education says Nevada eighth graders improved their reading scores from 2011. Average scores for fourth and eighth graders in reading and math remained unchanged from 2011.

"Overall, I am pleased with the NAEP report this year," says Nevada Superintendent of Public Instruction Dale Erquiaga in a statement. "We are not making the gains I would like to see, but we are not losing ground. As we continue to implement important education reform strategies and more rigorous academic standards in Nevada, I expect to see positive results."

The report shows 66 percent of Nevada fourth graders and 72 percent of eighth graders fell below proficiency in math.

Seventy-three percent of fourth graders and 70 percent of eighth graders in Nevada fell below proficiency in reading.

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