- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Tests scores show that Maine students’ reading and math scores for fourth and eighth graders fell slightly or were not significantly different from the last time the National Assessment of Educational Progress test was administered.

Maine Public Broadcasting Network (https://bit.ly/1NDf7aW ) reports Maine’s fourth and eighth graders had the worst reading and math test performance of the New England states. The students are on par with the national average, however.

The biggest change in this year’s test results was a six percentage point drop in fourth grade math scores, to 41 percent achieving proficiency.

Maine NAEP Coordinator Paula Hutton says math scores generally fell across the nation, but it’s too soon to say why. Reading scores remained more consistent.

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