Missouri students' standardized test scores improve

Thursday, August 4, 2011 | 11:14 a.m. CDT; updated 7:57 p.m. CDT, Thursday, August 4, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri students scored higher this year on English, math and science tests.

Standardized test scores released by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education show that generally a larger percentage of students scored proficient or advanced in English, math and science than did so in 2010.

In communication arts, the most significant increase was among seventh graders. About 54 percent of students scored as proficient or advanced this year, two points higher than last year.

In math, the percentage of third graders that scored proficient or advanced increased to just over 50 percent, which was 2.4 points higher than last year. However, the percentage of eighth graders scoring that high declined by a half-point to roughly 52 percent.

A larger share of students also scored proficient or advanced in science.