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Math tests: Wash. eighth-graders improve

SEATTLE, Wash. - New national test results show Washington eighth-graders are better at math than the eighth-graders of 2007, but fourth-graders aren't showing any improvement.

The math results released Wednesday the National Assessment of Educational Progress show fourth-grade progress has stalled across the nation after two decades of slow and steady improvement.

Washington eighth- and fourth-graders are both doing better than the national average, but just like in states across the country, the achievement gap between children of different races and economic situations is not improving in Washington state.

Idaho fourth graders stall in math

After steady progress in math, nationwide test scores show Idaho students are among fourth graders across the country who stalled this year and showed no improvement over 2007.

Idaho was among ten states that saw improvement only in eighth grade. Just four states -Nevada, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont  and the District of Columbia managed to show improvement in both fourth and eighth grades.

Nationwide, the math tests were given to more than 168,000 fourth graders and 161,000 eighth graders at public and private schools in every state.

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