Utah Students Exceed National Average on Core Subject Tests

Utah Students Exceed National Average on Core Subject Tests

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah students exceeded the national average in all core subjects in a basic skills test.

They posted their strongest scores in science and their weakest in language.

"Overall, we're very pleased with our students' results," said Christine Kearl, a state associate superintendent for student achievement. "In every grade level in every composite total, we scored above the national average. It gives us a picture of where our students are in comparison to other students nationwide."

Schools administered the Iowa Test of Basic Skills in the fall to students in grades three, five, eight and 11.

Utah students at all those grade levels generally scored above the 50th percentile in all the subjects.

This year's scores are not comparable to results from the Stanford Achievement Test given in previous years. The Iowa and Stanford tests are from different testing companies and cover different content.

District officials are treating this year's scores as a new base line for measuring Utah students' performance against the rest of the nation.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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