Student scores improve on state assessments
September 3, 2013
Twelfth-graders in the class of 2013 passed state assessment requirements by an overwhelming majority and, overall, test scores continue to show a slight improvement, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn said Aug. 26.
Dorn’s comments came as part of the official release of scores for the 2013 administration of the Measurements of Student Progress for grades three through eight, and High School Proficiency Exams and End-of-Course exams for students in high school-level courses.
“There aren’t any dramatic changes from last year,” Dorn said in a news release about the scores. “But our scores are up on more tests than down. In particular, I congratulate the class of 2013 for their success in meeting a high bar on their exit exams.”
To be eligible to graduate, high-school seniors are required to pass HSPEs in reading and writing, as well as an EOC in math. The class of 2013 was the first in state history required to pass a math exam to graduate, and 92 percent did so. That compares with 94.7 percent in reading, and 94.6 percent in writing.
Going into its senior year, the class of 2014 has passage rates of 88.8 percent in reading, 89.4 percent in writing and 82.2 percent in math.
The class of 2015 — this year’s junior class — will also be required to pass a science EOC prior to graduation. Their passage rates currently stand at 81.9 percent for reading, 82.5 percent for writing, 75.9 percent for math and 70.3 percent for science.