United States students are improving in reading across the board and in math at the lower age levels, with low-achieving students making the biggest gains. But high school math scores have remained flat since the 1970s--a trend that has many observers worried.

The 2008 scores come from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), a federal test considered the benchmark for how students perform across the country. In a report issued April 28, reading and math scores were measured against long-term trends.

Results were particularly noticeable on reading. Reading scores tend to lag behind math scores, but in 2008, students in every age...

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