JACKSON, MS (AP) - Mississippi's fourth grade reading and math scores have improved on the latest Nation's Report Card, bucking a national trend of declines.
The results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress were released Wednesday. The exams, given to a cross-section of students nationwide, are considered one of the most reliable ways of comparing academic performance across the state.
Mississippi's scores remain near the bottom on fourth and eighth grade tests of reading and math. However, Mississippi was the only state to show significant improvement since 2013 in both reading and math scores among fourth graders. District of Columbia students also shows increases in both.
Scores were flat or down nationwide.
As is true nationwide, there remains a significant gap between the scores of black and white students in Mississippi.