BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A new report comparing eighth-graders in the United States with 38 other countries shows that Louisiana students scored slightly above the international average in science and on par with the average in math.

The study was released Thursday by the U.S. Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics. Most states performed above the international average in both subjects.

Researchers took eighth-grade test results from the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress to predict performance on an international comparative study test.

Among states, Louisiana students' average scores in the math and science testing were slightly below average.

The scores were ranked on a scale of 1,000. Louisiana's average score in science was 514, compared to 522 nationally. The state's average math score was 500, compared to the national average of 507.

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