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Mass. Students Rank Best In Nation For Math & Reading

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BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts officials are touting another head-of-the-class performance by 4th and 8th graders in the state.

Results of the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress exams show 8th graders in the Bay State scored tops in the nation in math and tied for first in reading. Fourth graders ranked first in reading and were tied for first in math.

It was the fourth consecutive year in which Massachusetts students scored first or tied for first on the NEAP exam.

Gov. Deval Patrick said the results confirm that Massachusetts is a national leader in education.

State officials also say black and Hispanic students in the state continue to show improvement in the tests and have narrowed the performance gap with white students.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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