WA math, reading scores up slightly

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SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington students' scores on national math and reading tests are up slightly compared to results from when they took the tests two years ago.

The U.S. Department of Education released data Tuesday showing Washington's students continue to score just above the national average.

In math, Washington students finished with an average score of 243 in fourth grade and 288 in eighth grade. The national average was 240 for fourth grade and 283 in eighth grade. Fewer than 10 states finished statistically higher than Washington in both grades.

Nationally and in Washington, scores on the National Assessment of Education Progress taken last spring were not statistically different than the last time students took the tests in 2009.

The tests are the only ones taken nationwide, allowing for state-by-state comparisons..