BOSTON (AP) -- Polish up your best "wicked smaht" accents: Massachusetts has finished first among states in a study comparing the academic performance of American students with others around the globe.
Nineteen percent of Massachusetts eighth-graders reached an advanced benchmark in math on the 2011 tests while 24 percent reached the advanced level in science.
Massachusetts students still lagged behind students in Chinese Taipei, the Republic of Korea and Singapore.
The study compared states, the District of Columbia and Department of Defense Schools with 38 countries who participated in the Trend in International Mathematics and Science Study and nine other subnational education systems.
Massachusetts was one of nine states where students took the tests. Students in the other U.S. systems had their scores predicted based on the National Assessment of Educational Progress tests.