Fourth and eighth grade Texas readers fell below the national average in testing, according to results on the Nations Report Card. Math students fared better.

The findings come from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), which crunches numbers for the U.S. Department of Education.

4th grade Texans rank 41st in the nation, while 8th graders rank 38th. Within the state, however, scores rose for 8th graders since 2009.

The same group of Texas students did better in math. Both 4th and 8th graders met or scored better than the national average.

Minority African American and Hispanic Texans in both grades scored better than their peers in the national rank.

  • Daniel P. Warren

    It is sad to note that many children in
    higher grades cannot read still. As parents, we must teach our children how to
    read at a young age. Nowadays, you don’t even need to buy books. You can
    download reading materials from the internet to use when teaching reading to
    your child. Start them young. I am now teaching my 18-month old daughter how to
    read using materials from and I am amazed at her progress.
    I’m sure when she reaches 4th or 5th grade, she would find reading easy and fun.