Massachusetts girls posted the highest math scores (299) in the U.S. on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tests administered to eighth graders this year, besting their male counterparts in the state (295) by four points.
Thanks to their strong showing, Massachusetts took the top overall slot, scoring a nationwide high of 297 on the eighth grade math assessments, which is well above the national average of 281.
Massachusetts’ closest competitor was Minnesota, with an overall score of 294.
The District of Columbia brought up the rear, posting an overall eighth grade math score (263) that was significantly below the national average.
But it was the boys in Massachusetts who scored the highest in the nation (253) on NAEP’s fourth grade math tests, beating the national average (240) by more than ten points.
With assistance from fourth grade girls (248), Massachusetts also posted the top overall scores in fourth-grade math (251), edging out Minnesota (250), New Hampshire (249), Virginia and Wyoming (both 247) for the honor.
Alabama, the District of Columbia and New Mexico were tied for last place (231), with their overall fourth grade math scores nearly ten points lower than the national average, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).