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Are You Smarter Than an Eighth Grader?

Here is the illustration from one problem on this year's eighth grade math test that was part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Art Credit: U.S. Department of Education


Last week, the U.S. Department of Education released the nation’s report card in reading and math. Every two years, the federal government tests a sampling of the reading and math skills of fourth- and eighth-grade students across the United States to see how they are faring academically.

This year students in Kansas fared better than the national average, but hadn’t improved much since the last National Assessment of Educational Progress report in 2009: http://tinyurl.com/5rkfzwa

Students in Missouri just held their own or backslid a bit: http://tinyurl.com/5wls3qc

If you would like to see an overview of the 2011 NAEP reports, click here: http://nationsreportcard.gov/

And if you would like to see how you might have fared on this year’s eighth-grade math test, click here to answer some sample questions: http://tinyurl.com/6678xoc

Do you think you’re smarter than an eighth grader?

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About jwmartinez

JoLynne is a journalist and educator. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Park University and is certified to teach high school journalism and English. Former employment includes work for Cable News Network and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in addition to freelancing for clients such as the Kansas City Star and The Pitch.

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