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MIDDLETOWN -- Reading and Math scores increased in all four testing grades for the first time as Delaware students earned their highest national ranking yet in standardized testing of 3rd, 5th, 8th and 10th graders.
Delaware Gov. Thomas R. Carper and state education officials, including Secretary of Education Valerie Woodruff, released the results on Friday, June 23, 2000.
In results from the Spring 2000 Delaware Student Testing Program, there were significant improvements in the percentage of students meeting or exceeding the standards in 10 of 12 areas, up from 6 of 12 areas last year, according to Gov. Carper.
The only two areas to show a decline were third and fifth graders in writing.
Following are the highlights from each each grade:
- Reading -- 77 percent met the reading standard, an improvement of 8 percent over 1999 and 15 percent since testing began 3 years ago.
- Mathematics -- 73 percent of students met the standard for an 18 percent increase since testing began in 1998 and a 9 percent increase from 1999.
- Writing -- Dropped to 37 percent meeting the standard compared to 49 percent in 1999.
- Reading -- Showed a 10 percent increase in students meeting the standard since 1998 and a 6 percent increase over 1999.
- Mathematics -- 62 percent met the standard, up from 52 percent in 1998.
- Writing -- Dropped to 35 percent meeting the standard compared to 51 percent a year ago.
- Reading -- 67 percent met the reading standard, up 6 percent from 2 years ago.
- Mathematics -- Eighth graders recorded a 5 percent increase from 1999 in students meeting the standards.
- Writing -- Achieved a 2 percent increase to 51 percent of students meeting the standard.
- Reading -- 61 percent met the reading standard, up from 54 percent in 1999.
- Mathematics -- Tenth graders recorded a 5 percent increase over 1999 in students meeting the standards.
- Writing -- Jumped 11 percent in students meeting the standard, from 37 percent in both 1998 and 1999 to 48 percent in 2000.
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