Student test scores making progress in Arizona. See more Lake Powell Chronicle education stories here

| November 30, 2016

By Jamie Brough •  Lake Powell Chronicle

Arizona showed the biggest national gains in standardized science test scoring among fourth grade students last year, according to national testing results released earlier this month.

The data, released by the National Assessment for Education Progress, shows an 11-point increase in standardized test scores between 2009 and 2015. Nationally, those scores only rose by an average of four percent. However, Arizona’s gains gave it an overall score of 149 — still less than the 153 national average last year and well below a core of 167, or, what the NAEP considers “proficient.”

Arizona still scored the fifth lowest among all 50 states, but has been consistently ranked 48th or 49th for the last half decade in most metrics for academic progress.

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