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US 8th-graders show growth in tech, engineering skills

Compared to 2014, U.S. 8th-graders are getting slightly better at applying their knowledge of technology and engineering to real-world challenges — and girls are outscoring boys even when they don’t take a specific class focusing on those topics, according to the newest results of the Technology and Engineering Literacy Report Card.

Part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the results show the average score increased from 150 to 152 on a scale of 0-300 and that scores increased in the three content areas — technology and society, design and systems, and information and communication technology.

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