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Mass. fourth graders tie for first in science

The state's fourth graders tied for first in the nation and the eighth graders tied for second on the 2005 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) science exams, according to results released May 24.

In a press realease announcing the results, Education Commissioner David P. Driscoll credited the hard work of students and teachers, as well the state's science curriculum framework.

Known as "The Nation's Report Card," the NAEP exam is the federal government's official measure of what American students know and can do in core academic subjects.

In all, 38 percent of Massachusetts' fourth graders scored at Proficient or above on the exam, as did 41 percent of eighth graders, according to the DOE.