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Vocabulary Test Results Show Top U.S. Students Losing Ground, Others Stagnate

If you can identify the meaning of the word “prospered” within a passage, chances are you know more vocabulary than most American high school seniors.
The results of the national standardized vocabulary tests are in, and the scores are troubling — but not unexpected — experts say. Average performance on the U.S. Education Department’s national exams was mostly stagnant at low levels between 2009 and 2011, and the highest performers lost ground during that time.