Associated Press Published

W.Va. High School Seniors Rank Worst in Reading, Math in 13 States

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A new report shows West Virginia high school seniors had the worst reading scores of students sampled in 13 states last year – and were tied for worst in math.

Wednesday’s national assessment conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics, known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress or nation’s report card, did show that test scores had improved in West Virginia in recent years.

The average West Virginia math score was up four points from 2009 – one of only four states to show improvement over that period. The state’s average reading score was also up, but just one point, which is not considered a significant difference in the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
The state tied with Tennessee for worst in math. West Virginia’s last-place finish in reading was just behind Tennessee, but the margin is not considered significantly different.