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Minnesota students among the top in the world in math scores

Minnesota students scored better than their counterparts around the globe in math scores, yet failed to make significant improvements in science, The Pioneer Press reported.

According to the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), Minnesota's students are performing significantly higher than other areas, The Star Tribune reported.

Minnesota and Massachusetts are the only states in the United States that participate in the study as their own entities in order to be compared with other countries.

The highest competition comes from Asia, where Singapore leads the world in science and Hong Kong and Chinese Taipei lead in math.

This study does not tell the whole story, however.

State test results released in August showed that only four out of ten students can be labeled "proficient" in science and only one third of high school juniors are able to pass a math proficiency test.