Mich. reading scores improve, other results mixed

LANSING, MI – Michigan's public elementary and middle school students have improved their reading scores on standardized tests.

The scores released Friday are from Michigan Educational Assessment Program tests given to third- through ninth-graders in the fall of 2009.

Statewide reading scores improved at every grade level. The state said 90% of 3rd graders met or exceeded proficiency standards while 82% of 7th graders met standards.

Results in other academic subjects were mixed or down slightly.

Math scores improved in lower grade levels but slipped for 7th and 8th graders. Only 70% of 8th graders scored proficient or above.

Science and social studies scores declined slightly.