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Maryland students improve vocabulary scores

Maryland Dept of EducationMaryland students’ vocabulary is on the up and up, according to new data released by the National Assessment of Educational Program (NAEP).

Vocabulary scores by Maryland students are on the rise at both the fourth grade and eighth grade level, scoring well past the national averages, according to the data released last week.

NAEP, a federal program known as the Nation’s Report Card, found that Maryland Grade 4 vocabulary scores increased from 223 to 226 between 2009 and 2011, while Grade 8 scores jumped from 266 to 269. The national average for Grade 4 was 217, while the national average for Grade 8 was 263, and neither of those scores improved between 2009 and 2011.

Fourth graders in Maryland ranked fourth in the nation for vocabulary, while eighth graders tied for 14th. The rate of score improvement for both classes was among the best overall.


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