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More Washington fourth and eighth graders are passing a national test for math and reading, but black and Hispanic students continue to lag well behind their white and Asian classmates.

Washington students overall beat the national average in every age and subject category.

In Washington, 48 percent of fourth graders and 42 percent of eighth graders scored at or above the proficient level in math. In reading, 40 percent of fourth graders and 42 percent of eighth graders hit that mark

Nationally, 42 percent of fourth graders and 35 percent of eighth graders scored at or above the proficient level in math. In reading, 35 percent of fourth graders and 36 percent of eighth graders hit that mark.

Washington's scores on this national comparison are among the best in the nation.