Haslam: Tennessee has biggest academic growth in the nation

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Arkansas-Tennessee Live Blog

Tennessee is one of the most improved states on a national exam of student performance, according to a new federal report released today.

Officials say Tennessee, Hawaii and the District of Columbia saw the most growth on the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), an independent research arm of the U.S. Department of Education, released the results today.

NAEP is considered by many experts one of the best comparative measures of student achievement because the test, given to a random sample of students, is common across all 50 states. It's more useful in national comparisons than state assessments, which vary among the states.

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