Nevada fourth- and eighth-grade students showed modest improvements overall on a national standardized test.
But they still lagged behind their peers in other states and Nevada remained among the nation's five poorest-performing states.
About 12,000 students statewide took the 2007 National Assessment of Educational Progress exam between January and March.
Results were released yesterday (Tuesday).
Nevada fourth-graders improved slightly in math raising average scores from 230 in 2005 to 232.
That's well below the national average of 239.
A perfect score is 500.
Fourth-grade reading improved to 211 from 207.
The national average was 220.
Reading scores for eighth-graders dipped slightly, from 253 to 252.