Since the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001, composite reading and math scores of fourth- and eighth-graders rose by 20 points nationwide, according to a report from the education policy group Education Sector. The report analyzed reading and math scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress from 2003 to 2011 and found that Washington D.C., Maryland and New Jersey had the largest gains in student scores, while composite scores in West Virginia dropped by 1.9 points.

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