Minnesota students rank high on international scale, study says

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According to a 2011 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study released Tuesday, Minnesota eighth-graders scored above national and international averages in both math and science last year.

MPR says Minnesota was only outscored by students in Singapore and Taipei in science. In math, Minnesota also scored high but came in behind Massachusetts and several Asian countries.

The study is administered every four years and includes a sampling of U.S. fourth- and eighth-graders, the Pioneer Press reports. The state paid to have more extensive testing done in 2011, when only eighth-grade students were tested.

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