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Florida Students Perform Well On First National Vocabulary Test

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CBSMiami/AP) — Word up.

Florida’s fourth graders one-upped the national average score by four points in the first national vocabulary test.

Florida education officials are pleased with the students’ results in the test, which was administered by the National Assessment of Education Progress.

News about the scores, released Friday, wasn’t as positive in 23 other states, where scores differed little form the national average.

Only six states’ scores significantly beat the average, and Florida’s eighth graders were one point above it.

Black and Hispanic students in Florida scored lower than whites but also did well compared to minority students in other states.

Only one state had a significantly higher score than Florida among black fourth graders and none among Hispanic fourth graders.

No states had significantly higher scores than Florida among both black and Hispanic eighth graders.

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