- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - Public school students in Massachusetts stack up well against their peers around the world when it comes to reading and science.

That’s according to an analysis by state education officials of the 2015 Program for International Student Assessment.

Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration said Tuesday that if Massachusetts was a country, it would be tied for first place in reading proficiency with eight nations around the world.

In science, Massachusetts would be tied for second place with 10 countries, trailing only students in Singapore.

The results weren’t as impressive for math, however, with the state behind 11 nations.

Massachusetts was one of only two U.S. states that participated in the triennial academic assessment of 15-year-old students. Officials say about 1,600 Bay State students took the computer-based test last fall.

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