Vermont students outperform peers

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Vermont students have outperformed their peers around the country in reading and math.

The U.S. Department of Education released national testing results of fourth- and eighth-graders.

They were tested last winter in math and reading as part of the federal No Child Left Behind law.

Officials say Vermont fourth-graders and eighth-graders scored better than the national average in both subjects.

Vermont eighth-graders tied with three other states for best scores in reading.

The Vermont students’ scores also improved in all but one category from 2005 to this year.

The only area where scores didn’t improve was reading among fourth-graders. Their scores were roughly the same as two years ago.

The Vermont NEA welcomed the news about the scores. But the statewide teachers’ union says tests shouldn’t be the only way of measuring student performance.

The union is trying to persuade Congress to change the No Child Left Behind Act when it comes up for reauthorization this year.

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