JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released the results of the Missouri Assessment Program or "MAP" tests for the 2012-2013 school year on Monday.
The percentage of students scoring proficient or advanced increased in science, decreased in mathematics and remained the same in communication arts, when compared to results from the 2011-2012 assessments.
The State Board of Education reviewed the results from the 2012-2013 Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) in Jefferson City.
DESE officials noted an improvement in science scores, as the percentage of advanced or proficient scores rose from 52.2 percent in 2011-2012 to to 59.1 percent last school year. Scores in Communication Arts held steady, as 55.6 percent of students taking the test scored as advanced or proficient. The percentage of advanced or proficient math scores decreased from 55.5 percent to 53.9 percent.
"Overall, students continue to maintain most of the gains they have made on the assessments during the past five years," DESE said.
Students take the statewide MAP tests at all public schools in Missouri. Students take the communication arts and math assessments in grades 3 through 8, and students take science assessments in grades 5 and 8.