Massachusetts students rise above national education averages

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – New federal education data shows in 2013, only 38% of high school seniors graduated at or above the proficient reading level in the U.S.

“Reading is something that you’re going to need for the rest of your life. So if you’re 18 and aren’t reading proficiently, I think that needs to be worked on,” said Kelsey Prive, a Chicopee High School junior.

Springfield Superintendent of Schools Daniel Warwick told 22News students here in Massachusetts leave school well prepared for whatever’s next.

“The National Assessment of educational progress, Massachusetts is number one. For our kids to be number one in the country over the past several years for both reading and math? I think it’s very encouraging,” Warwick said.

Here in Massachusetts, test scores show that 91% of students scored proficient or higher on the 2013 MCAS. However nationally, 12th graders haven’t shown an improved reading or science score since 2009.

One high school student told 22News, she thinks it’s because there just isn’t enough time in the day for leisurely reading anymore.

“I come home, I start homework, then I have to get ready for cheer practice. And then I come home late, I have to finish my homework, and there’s no time,” said Alora Piela, a Chicopee High School junior.

Experts haven’t yet identified an exact reason for the poor scores, but there’s been a lot of debate as to how high the testing standards should be.

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