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SD test results called 'call to action'

PIERRE (AP) -- A state education official says new test results showing student performance plateauing in South Dakota is a call to action for the state.

Education Secretary Melody Schopp says South Dakota was one of only two states to see its scores for reading at the fourth grade level drop on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, while the national average remained steady for the third year. South Dakota is now on par with the national average for fourth grade reading.

The state remains above the national average for reading at eighth grade and both grades for math.

Schopp says the results are reflective of the state's own tests.

She says adopting new standards in English language arts and math would help address the issue.

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