PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Officials say South Dakota's fourth grade and eighth grade scores for math and reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress exam have remained steady over the years but there is room for improvement for younger readers.
The tests, also known as "the nation's report card," are given every other year.
South Dakota remains above the national average for reading and math at eighth grade. Fourth graders this year scored at the national average for math but slightly lower than the national average in reading.
Education Secretary Melody Schopp says there is much to be proud of with the test scores. But she is concerned about the below-average scores for fourth-graders.