Preliminary statewide standardized test results released show academic performance declined last school year for Missouri’s public school students. Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education information shows 45-percent of students met grade level in English Language Arts, 35-percent in Math, and 37-percent in Science. The largest drop was nearly 10-percent in Algebra One and the smallest declines were less than two-percent in English, grades four through eight and Math in grade eight. During a press conference, K-12 State Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven says expectations for student learning remain high.
Proficiency rates declined more in elementary than in middle school and in Math more than science and English.