12/13/2012 10:09 am ET

Eighth-Grade Latino Students Lag Behind Their Peers From Other Cultural Backgrounds

American students scored above average on international math and reading tests, but they still lag behind students from Asian countries, according to two studies of 2011 scores released this week.

The studies compared U.S. fourth and eighth graders to students at the same schooling levels from around the world. Even though the reading test is conducted every five years, by evaluating students at the same grade levels, educators are more accurately able to compare these skills.

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