West Virginia reading, math scores below national average

FILE - In a February 20, 2019 file photo, teachers and school personnel clap as West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee speaks in front of the House of Delegates chamber at the West Virginia State Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. on the second day of a statewide strike by teachers and school personnel. A sweeping West Virginia GOP education bill that allows the creation of charter schools violates the state Constitution, according to The West Virginia Education Association, that plans to sue over the legislation. The West Virginia Education Association released a statement Wednesday, July 10, 2019 saying it has sent a formal letter notifying the attorney general of their intention to sue. (Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP, File)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia fourth-grade students showed drops in math and reading scores on the latest Nation’s Report Card and remained below the national average.

Results released Wednesday on the National Assessment of Educational Progress show fourth-graders in the state scored nine points below the national average math score and six points below the national average score in reading.

The report says about 30% of fourth graders are proficient both in reading and in math, while about one-fourth of eighth graders are proficient in those subjects.

In eighth grade, the average math score in West Virginia was down a point from 2017 and nine points below the national average.

The average eighth-grade reading score fell 3 points, leaving it six points below the national average.