Study: Students' test scores rise in reading, math

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee students' achievement in reading and math rose between 2005 and 2009 on state tests for grades 4 and 8, as well as on the National Assessment of Education Progress.

That's according to a study released Tuesday by the Center on Education Policy.

The study focused on 23 states, including Tennessee, with comparable proficiency test data on the state tests used for accountability under the No Child Left Behind Act.

In Tennessee, the state proficiency increase in reading was from 88 percent to 93 percent, and 71 percent to 73 percent on NAEP. In math, the jump was from 87 percent to 90 percent, and 61 percent to 65 percent.

Center on Education Policy head Jack Jennings says an increase is "evidence ... students have actually mastered higher levels of knowledge and skills."

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