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Student scores continue to rise on Mississippi state tests

Mississippi students fared better on the state’s standardized tests last year, although gains in math continued to outstrip gains in English and language ...

Mississippi students fared better on the state’s standardizedtests last year, although gains in math continued to outstrip gains in Englishand language arts.

The results, released Thursday by the Mississippi Department ofEducation, are from last spring’s Mississippi Academic Assessment Program. It’sthe fourth time the state has given those tests to students in grades 3-8 andhigh school.

State Superintendent Carey Wright praises the trends as “partof our state’s success story.”

In English/language arts, testing reading and writing, 42% percentof students scored at proficient or advanced levels. That’s up from 40% lastyear. Achievement jumped more in math, with 47% of students scoring proficientor higher, compared to 44% last year.

Mississippi also got results from new science tests, with 55% of students proficient or advanced.

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