Minn. students gain in science, dip in math tests

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota’s students saw a slight setback in standardized test scores in math this year, made small gains on the science test and struggled with a new reading test.

The Department of Education is releasing results of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment tests on Tuesday. The tests help determine whether a student is eligible to graduate.

On reading tests, just a little more than half of third through eighth and 10th grade students met or exceeded state expectations. The Department of Education attributes that to the new reading test implemented this year, which the agency says is more rigorous and meant to boost student achievement.

The department says the drop in math scores is because students in 2012 were allowed three chances on the math test, but only one try in 2013.

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