Hispanic students improving in math, study finds

Hispanic students in Georgia are making better progress in math than their counterparts in most states, according to a recent study.

The average math score for Hispanic fourth-graders on the National Assessment of Educational Progress was 16 points better in 2013 than it was in 2003, the Child Trends Hispanic Institute found in its study. Only four states and Washington, D.C. saw as much of an increase or better, the report found.

The average math score for Hispanic eighth-graders on the NAEP assessment was 13 points better in 2013 than it was in 2003, the study found. Georgia fared better than 36 other states.

Called “the nation’s report card,” NAEP is one of the few tests given nationally that allows for comparison of state-to-state academic performance. It’s given periodically in reading, math, science, writing and other subjects.

The study was funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a Baltimore-based group that works to improve opportunities for at-risk children and families.

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