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Wisconsin students top national average on science test

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MADISON (AP) -- A new report on science achievement says Wisconsin students scored higher than the national average.

The state Department of Public Instruction says Wisconsin fourth- and eighth-graders each scored 157 on a national test. The average for both grades was 149.

The DPI said Tuesday the scores were from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, which was administered in 2009.

White Wisconsin students had scores in the mid-160s, just above the national average. But black students scored in the low 120s, and the gap between the two groups at the eighth-grade level was the highest in the nation.

Asian students scored in the low 150s while Hispanics were in the mid-130s.

State Superintendent Tony Evers says closing the achievement gap will require the cooperation of quality educators and supportive parents.

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