Reading and math scores are rising faster in the South than elsewhere in the country, reports the Christian Science Monitor.
Much of the national progress reported for 9- and 13-year-olds was driven by gains in the South. For example, while 9-year-olds in the Northeast gained 10 points in reading achievement (the equivalent of a grade level) over the past 30 years, the South gained 24, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). While reading scores for 13-year-olds barely budged in most of the United States, the South gained 12 points, more than a grade level.
Southern governors, business leaders and educators “launched the standards movement a decade before it was picked up by the rest of the nation,” the Monitor says. Looking at data by race, ethnicity and income started in the South.