Mississippi Students Scoring Better on Tests

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — Mississippi students fared better on the state’s standardized tests during the last school year. The results, released Thursday by the state department of education, are from last spring’s Mississippi Academic Assessment Program. It’s the fourth time the state has given those tests to students in grades 3-8 and high school. In reading and writing, 42% of students scored at proficient or advanced levels, up from 40% last year. Achievements jumped more in math, with 47% of students scoring proficient or higher, compared to 44% last year. The state has set a goal of 70% proficiency for all students by 2025 but is not on pace to meet those goals in either English or math. 55% of students tested proficient or advanced in science tests, given in fifth and eighth grades and to students finishing high school biology. The Yazoo City school district, which the state earlier this year took into its achievement school district in an effort to improve academics, was among the lowest 10 scoring districts in all categories as was the West Bolivar district.



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