BOSTON (AP) _ Massachusetts fourth- and eighth-graders are leading the country in reading and math scores.
Massachusetts ranked first in eighth-grade mathematics, and tied for first in fourth-grade reading, fourth-grade mathematics, and eighth-grade reading, according to the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress exam.
On all four tests, Massachusetts students scored well above the national average.
But in grade 4 reading, the average score for Massachusetts students dropped by five points compared to 2011, the last time the test was given.
Massachusetts was one of only three states in the nation to see a statistically significant decline in grade 4 reading scores between 2011 and 2013.
The performance of Massachusetts students held steady on the three other NAEP tests _ reading at grade 8 and mathematics at grades 4 and 8.