ATLANTA - Georgia fourth- and eighth-graders are performing only slightly better than they did two years ago on national reading and math exams, and most of the students tested continue to lag the national average in both subjects.
The data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, known as the Nation's Report Card, was released Tuesday morning. The results show that only Georgia fourth-graders matched the national average with 32 percent passing muster on the reading test.
The rest of students in the state trail the nation. The largest gap is in eighth-grade math, where 28 percent of Georgia students were proficient, compared to 34 percent for the nation.
On the reading test, 28 percent of the state's eighth-graders met standards, compared to 32 percent for the nation.