Arkansas a bright spot despite national education scores

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Despite national scores in math and reading staying constant for Grade 12, there were improvements made in Arkansas.

Test scores for the National Assessment of Educational Progress have been released. Nationally, the 2013 results did not change from testing done in 2009. However, Arkansas was one of two testing states among 11 to make gains in reading and math. Connecticut also saw increases.

In math, the test scores rose four points to 150 from 2009 to 2013, and reading test scores increased by five points to 285 in the same period.  Both test scores are still below the national scores of 287 in reading and 152 in math.

Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Tom Kimbrell in a statement released Wednesday said he was pleased with the test score increases.

In the statement, Kimbrell noted the increases were due to "teachers' dedication and commitment to student learning."

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