Missouri students performed slightly better this year in English, math and science, according to the results of the state’s standardized tests released on Tuesday.
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education presented state assessment program results for more than 407,740 students in third through eighth grade to the State Board of Education on Tuesday.
And while results showed some improvement in scores over last year in all subject areas and grade levels, department staff cautioned that one additional year of data does not establish a trend.
The tests are among the measures the education department uses to gauge student progress in Missouri public schools.
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“We are pleased to see the progress students made across the board in the last year,” Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven said in a statement. “Reading and numeracy skills are essential to ensuring that students are prepared for success after high school.”
How individual districts performed on the tests won’t be released until later in the fall when annual performance reports come out.
For such districts as Kansas City Public Schools and Hickman Mills those results could have great impact on their efforts to gain full accreditation from the state this year.
“MAP scores will be incorporated into the annual performance reports that we use for accountability and accreditation,” said department spokeswoman Sarah Potter.