Report: MS students make strides in reading, math scores

Report: MS students make strides in reading, math scores

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - New numbers show math scores for fourth and eighth graders have slipped over the last two years, but Mississippi is seeing substantial gains. Mississippi has made significant progress since 2013.

While average mathematics scores for fourth graders declined nationwide, Mississippi was one of the only jurisdictions where fourth graders improved in mathematics and reading between 2013 and 2015.

Those numbers come from the 2015 Nation's Report Card released overnight.

"This is an outstanding achievement for Mississippi.  The credit truly goes to the students and to the hardworking teachers and caring families who support them," Gov. Phil Bryant said.

"Today's results are another indicator that the reforms of the last four years are having a positive impact for Mississippi students," said Patricia Levesque, CEO for the Foundation for Excellence in Education.  "This would not have been possible without the incredible efforts of Mississippi's teachers, principals, parents and community leaders, who took ownership of these proven policies to ensure that young Mississippians are best prepared to succeed in school and life."

According to the report, only about a third of the nation's eighth graders were at proficient or above in math and reading.

Among fourth graders, the results were slightly better in reading and in math. About two in five students scored proficient or above.

The report also found a continuing achievement gap between white and black students.

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