Test results show reading scores for Montana’s fourth- and eighth-graders were among the best in the country.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress shows Montana fourth-graders scored a 225 on average, compared to the 2009 national public school average score of 220. Massachusetts led the nation with a 234, while the District of Columbia scored a 202.
Montana eighth-graders had an average score of 270, compared to the national average of 262 for public school students. Again, Massachusetts had the high score with 274, while District of Columbia had the lowest score at 242.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau says both Montana’s fourth- and eighth-grade scores ranked among the highest five state average scores. She says the hard work in Montana’s classrooms is paying off, but says the goal is still to improve and reduce the number of students with the lowest scores.