U.S. 4th-Grade Readers Not Improving

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. fourth graders have lost ground in reading ability compared with kids around the world.

Results of a global reading test showed U.S. students scored about the same last year as they did in 2001, the last time the test was given.

In 2001, only three countries were ahead of the United States.

But this time, 10 countries or jurisdictions, including Hong Kong and three Canadian provinces were ahead of the United States. Still, the U.S. average score on the Progress in International Reading Literacy test remained above the international average.

Scores for American students were flat despite a bigger emphasis on reading under the No Child Left Behind Law.

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