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After ‘Embarrassingly Low’ Scores, Tennessee Leapfrogs to Country’s Most Improved in Science

Tennessee is getting a big pat on the back from the country’s top education officials. Science scores are in from the National Assessment of Education Progress, and the state leap-frogged ahead to become “most-improved” since 2011.

Just a few years ago, Tennessee had “embarrassingly low” scores, according to Education Commissioner Candice McQueen. But in the most recent assessment, Tennessee students excelled. Tennessee was also the only state where both elementary and middle school students scored above the national average.