In The National Achievement Survey (NAS) conducted by NCERT last November for classes III, V and VIII in government and government-aided schools, Arunachalee students have recorded the worse performance in mathematics, language and ability to grasp classroom teaching.
The mathematics score nationally is 64 per cent in class III, 54 per cent in V, and 42 per cent in VIII, with Karnataka and Rajasthan at the top, while Arunachal Pradesh recorded the worst performance.
In class V, for mathematics, Karnataka (67 percent), Rajasthan (65 percent) and Andhra Pradesh (64 percent) were the top three, while Arunachal Pradesh was at the bottom.
In language, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Kerala students scored the highest and students of Arunachal Pradesh scored the lowest (43 percent) again.
Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Karnataka topped the states in science and mathematics in class VIII. Rajasthan scored 57 percent in mathematics followed by Jharkhand and Karnataka (both 51 percent).
In science, Rajasthan scored 62 percent while Jharkhand and Karnataka tied again, at 53 percent. Class VIII students of Sikkim scored the lowest in mathematics (30 percent) and Puducherry did the worst in science at 31 percent.
Class VIII students of Delhi were among the worst performers in both mathematics (32 percent) and science (34 percent).
The survey results found class VIII students of Rajasthan scoring the highest in language (76 percent), followed by Gujarat (64 percent) and Maharashtra (63 percent). With 43 percent, Jammu & Kashmir had the worst performance in language.
The nation-wide survey found that 93 percent of students in Gujarat could understand what the teacher says in class, but only 66 percent students of Arunachal Pradesh were able to do the same.
The report on the survey was published on Thursday by the Ministry of Human Resources.
The survey tools used multiple test booklets with 45 questions in classes III and V and 60 questions in class VIII in mathematics, language, environmental sciences, sciences and social sciences.
The data is being released to the states and union territories for their comments.