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Education report card: Michigan needs improvement

DETROIT (WKZO) -- Fourth and eighth graders in the state have some work to do to catch up with the national average when it comes to proficiency in math and reading.

According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress only 30-percent of Michigan's eighth graders and 37-percent of the state's fourth graders are working at proficient levels in math. That compares with a national average of 34-percent for eighth grade and 41-percent for fourth grade.

When it comes to reading, the state's children fall below the national average of 34-percent. Thirty-three-percent of eighth graders and 31-percent of fourth graders in Michigan are reading at or above a proficient level.