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Massachusetts found to have the smartest children based on NAEP scores

MONDAY, JANUARY 24, 2011 18:08 PM

Every year, children in the public education system have to take standardized tests in order to determine how they match up against their peers. However, the Daily Beast decided to take these scores one step further and figure out which states are producing the smartest pupils.

Using results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the largest standardized test in the country, the news provider compared states in terms of how their students ranked on these exams.

The study found that Massachusetts had the largest number of smart kids, as 12 percent of fourth graders were advanced in math and 13 percent were considered advanced in reading. Additionally, 17 percent of eighth graders were advanced in math, while 5 percent were advanced in reading.

States rounding out the top five for best test scores included Vermont, New Jersey, New Hampshire and Minnesota. At the end of the study, Mississippi was in last place.

Because the NAEP is administered uniformly, there is little room for error in terms of seeing how kids from each state match up.