CONCORD — New Hampshire’s fourth- and eighth-graders tested worse in math and reading than they did two years ago in the National Assessment of Educational Progress, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Education, though New Hampshire children still test better than the national average.

States across the country reported declines in reading and math scores in the assessments, which allow the U.S. Department of Education to compare states. Test data is not used to assess individual students.

The data showed students who receive free and reduced-price lunch — children from poor households — scored lower on the tests than their wealthier peers. Black and Latino students, on average, scored lower on average than white and Asian students.

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