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Maryland schools don't reach highest benchmark in new global report for 8th grade

Thursday - 10/24/2013, 6:31am  ET

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A new report comparing eighth-graders in the United States with 38 other countries shows that Maryland scored above an intermediate benchmark in math and science, but did not clear a high benchmark in math or science.

Massachusetts was the only state that reached the high benchmark for math in the study being released by the U.S. Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics. Only eight states reached the high benchmark in science.

The scores were ranked on a scale of 1,000.

In math, the average state scores ranged from 561 for Massachusetts to 466 for Alabama. Maryland's average score for math was 514.

In science, the average state scores ranged from 561 to for Massachusetts to 435 for the District of Columbia. Maryland's average score for science was 528.

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