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Report: Little to no change in Tennessee's national test scores

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A national report shows that Tennessee has seen little to no change in fourth- and eighth-grade math and reading scores over the last two years.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the nation's report card, is given to a sample of fourth- and eighth-grade students every two years in all 50 states.

Gov. Bill Haslam says the news is still positive, because many states saw their scores decline while Tennessee remained roughly the same.

The scores indicate that 40 percent or less of all Tennessee 4th and 8th graders perform at grade level in math. Only about a third of students perform at grade level in reading.

Tennessee’s NAEP scores fall below the national average, ranking 35th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia.