Kids make gains in reading and math

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Kids in the U.S. are improving in reading and math, and low-achieving students are making the biggest gains. The 2008 scores come from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a federal test considered the benchmark of how students perform across the country.

They were released Tuesday in a report that measures reading and math scores against long-term trends. Results were particularly noticeable on reading. In 2008, kids in every age group _ 9, 13 and 17 _ made gains. That hasn't happened since 1975. In math, scores improved for younger kids, but scores for 17-year-olds remained flat. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says it's a step in the right direction, but there is more work to be done.