School test results released
The Mississippi Department of Education says students fared better in the second year of a new standardized test than they did in the first, especially in math.
The results released are from last spring’s Mississippi Academic Assessment Program, the second time the state has given those tests to students in grades third through eighth and high school. State Superintendent Carey Wright says she’s incredibly pleased with results.
In English/language arts, which tests reading and writing, 35 percent of students scored at proficient or advanced levels. That’s up from 33 percent last year. Achievement jumped more in math with 37 percent of students scoring proficient or higher, compared to 31 percent last year.
Two school districts on the Coast ranked among the top in the third grade reading gate assessment. Those were Ocean Springs and Stone County school districts which both had more than 95 percent of their students pass.