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Connecticut Students Show Gains in National Tests

The New York Times (05/08/14) P. A25 Baker, Al

Just 25 percent of high school seniors in the United States were proficient in math on last year's National Assessment of Educational Progress -- the same as four years ago but slightly higher than in 2005. Thirty-eight percent were proficient in reading, down from 40 percent in 1992. Graduation rates have gone up, as have testing scores among elementary and middle school students. The tests were administered to 92,000 high school seniors across the country, and of the 13 states that voluntarily reported their results, only Connecticut, Arkansas, Idaho, and West Virginia made "statistically significant" gains in math. Connecticut and Arkansas made significant gains in reading. Proficiency remains low for black and Hispanic students. Connecticut Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor said that another bright spot for Connecticut was that "for the first time in recent history," black students were eroding the gap with whites on the tests. He credited the improvements to increased investments in education, particularly in districts with the highest proportion of low-income families. "Our districts have been ramping up. They have been working toward these higher standards since 2010, and it is starting to pay off," said Pryor.
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