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West Virginia students lag on standardized tests

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2010 18:01 PM

Government and academic officials alike have been using standardized test scores to determine how students are faring across the country in terms of understanding their curriculum. While some areas may show that their students exceed academic expectations, other regions may be lagging behind.

Out of the 11 states monitored in the U.S. Department of Education's National Assessment of Education Progress Test, West Virginia 12th graders scored below the national average, according to the Charleston Daily Mail. The other states that were monitored included Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey and South Dakota.

Students in West Virginia scored an average of 141 points in 2009. This is compared to the national average of 152.

According to the News and Sentinel, state superintendent Steve Paine, who was on the NAEP exam board, believes that these testing results serve as a reminder that academic officials need to work hard in order to improve student test scores, particularly as the 12th grade is such an important time, serving as a transition between grade school and college.