Test results show students in SC rank near bottom

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Based on math and reading scores from this year’s National Assessment of Educational Progress, South Carolina’s fourth- and eighth-graders rank in the bottom third nationwide.

The Post and Courier reports the figures were released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Education.

Test results show that students in the state made gains in only one area: fourth-grade reading. In reading, the average score among fourth-graders was 218, up four points from 2013.

Scores in fourth-grade math and eighth-grade reading were stagnant. Scores on the eighth-grade math assessment declined.

South Carolina students have lagged behind the rest of the nation since the federal government first conducted the test in the 1990s.

The NAEP, also known as the nation’s report card, is given to a sample of students every two years.

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