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Nation's Report Card: N.H. 4th Graders Show Declines, But Still Above National Average

National student test scores released today show New Hampshire 4th graders declining in reading and math scores since 2015.

The new scores in reading and math for 4th and 8th graders come from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the Nation’s Report Card.

The report shows scores for the state’s 8th graders in reading and math were unchanged.

New Hampshire students in both grades scored above the national average.

Over the long term New Hampshire's scores are up, particularly in math.

Nationwide, the results show scores were flat except for an improvement in 8th grade reading.

Within New Hampshire, the new data show a stubborn achievement gap. Disparities in scores along ethnic or socioeconomic lines showed little or no change from 2015.

For instance, the gap between the 4th grade math scores of White and Hispanic students in N.H. increased over the last two years. The level of disparity between the two groups is now the same as it was in 2003.

Jason Moon is a senior reporter and producer on the Document team. He has created longform narrative podcast series on topics ranging from unsolved murders, to presidential elections, to secret lists of police officers.
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