MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Tennessee student achievement scores are out for the 2012-2013 school year and the numbers are up for the third straight year.
Nearly half of all students in grades three through 12 are still performing below grade level in Tennessee, but the scores have shown significant improvement in recent years even though academic standards were raised in 2009.
Math scores saw some of the largest gains, jumping more than 15 percentage points over the last four years.
The report also shows some improvement in the gap between average achievement scores, and the scores posted by Tennessee’s at-risk students. However, significant gaps remain.
For example, Tennessee’s minority high school students scored a full 14 percentage points lower on algebra one tests than their peers.
The State Department of Education will release the system and individual school-level test results in the coming weeks.