BOSTON (AP) — Boston’s fourth- and eighth-graders have scored better in math than peers in large cities on a national test known at the “Nation’s Report Card.”

According to results released Wednesday, Boston’s fourth-graders scored 237 on the National Assessment for Educational Progress, beating the average of 233 for public school students in 21 urban districts. The eighth-graders scored 282, compared with the 274 average.

Also, 27 percent of fourth-graders scored “proficient” in reading, compared with 15 percent in 2002. And 33 percent of eighth-graders were proficient in math, compared with 18 percent in 2003.

But the performance gap between whites and lower-scoring black and Hispanic students didn’t significantly narrow, compared with 2003.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Rod Fritz reports

School spokesman Matthew Wilder said the gains show Boston is headed in the right direction, but the city’s not yet “claiming victory.”

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