Montana Schools Outpace Nation in Reading Juneau Reports

Thursday, March 25, 2010
By Jessica Rhoades

HELENA – The reading skills of Montana students continue to exceed the national average, new findings show. The National Assessment of Educational Progress, also called "The Nation's Report Card," out today, details the continued achievement of Montana fourth- and eighth-graders on the tests, administered by the U.S. Department of Education earlier this year. 

"Montana has the best teachers in America," said Superintendent Denise Juneau. "The hard work and innovation happening in Montana's classrooms is paying off as we can see with these top-notch results. I am proud of all of our students and teachers."

The Montana eighth-grade average score ranked among the highest five state average scores, along with nine other states and the Montana fourth-grade average score also ranked among the five highest state average scores along with 14 other states.  (Some state scores were equal.)


The report shows that 4th-graders in Montana scored 225 on average, compared to the national average score of 221.


The report shows that 8th-graders in Montana scored 270 on average, compared to the national average score of 264.

“While our overall results exceed national averages, our bottom line must be to raise the level of achievement for all Montana students while closing the achievement gap,” said Juneau.

A random sampling of schools and students are selected for testing from Montana and across the U.S. including nearly 21,000 Montana students from more than 450 Montana schools.

The Nation’s Report Card: Reading 2009 and additional data collected from the 2009 reading assessment are available online at

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