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Minn. 8th graders make more gains in math, science

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Minnesota's eight grade students are continuing to make gains when compared with their peers across the globe by improving performance in science and math.

According to the 2011 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study released on Tuesday, Minnesota scores jumped from 532 to 545 in 2011, and science scores increased from 539 to 553.

The study is the largest of its kind, and it tested students in 57 countries, provinces and states.

Massachusetts posted significantly higher scores than Minnesota in math, just like they did in 2007; however, the state still ranks sixth in the world.

Minnesota students have excelled in science, and the average U.S. score is 525 this year. Internationally, the average was 500.

Ranking in math:

  1. Korea -- 613
  2. Singapore -- 611
  3. Taiwan -- 609
  4. Hong Kong -- 586
  5. Japan -- 570
  6. Massachusetts -- 561
  7. Minnesota -- 545
  8. Russian Federation -- 539
  9. North Carolina -- 537
  10. Quebec -- 532
  11. United States -- 509

Ranking in science:

  1. Singapore -- 590
  2. Massachusetts -- 567
  3. Taiwan -- 564
  4. Korea -- 560
  5. Japan -- 558
  6. Minnesota -- 553
  7. Finland -- 552
  8. Alberta -- 546
  9. Slovenia -- 543
  10. Russian Federation -- 542
  11. Colorado -- 542

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