TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida education officials are pleased with the first vocabulary test results from the National Assessment of Education Progress.
The 2011 scores released Friday show Florida's fourth graders topped the national average score by four points. Scores in 23 other states were not significantly different while only six were significantly higher.
Florida's eighth graders were one point above the national average. Scores in 23 states were not significantly different but 16 were significantly higher.
Black and Hispanic students in Florida scored lower than whites but also did well compared to minority students in other states.
Only one state had a significantly higher score than Florida among black fourth graders and none among Hispanic fourth graders.
No states had significantly higher scores than Florida among both black and Hispanic eighth graders.