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40% of 12th Graders Read Proficiently

The results are in for the first National Assessment of Education Progress exam since 2009 and they are abysmal. Only one-quarter of U.S. high-school seniors performed adequately in math, and only 40 percent are "proficient" in reading. Scores remain exactly where they were 20 years ago in reading. In surveys from the students, those who discussed reading interpretations in class did better than those who didn't, and math scores were higher for those who reached calculus than those who never made it beyond Algebra I.