FACT CHECK: Romney touts Massachusetts’ schools as...

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  • FACT CHECK: Romney touts Massachusetts’ schools as the best in the nation:

    On student achievement, Massachusetts’ fourth- and eighth-graders were tops in the nation in reading and math scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, exam in 2011.

    Nevertheless, the state has been slower to improve on the exam since 2005, and has had flat performance in the past several years, according to the Pioneer Institute, a conservative think tank.
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