Students demonstrate steady progress on national assessment

Students demonstrate steady progress on national assessment South Dakota students scored above the national average and showed steady progress over last year on the Stanford 10 Abbreviated. Scores for 2005 were up 1 to 3 percentile points for each grade tested. The areas of math and reading saw the biggest jumps.

"Once again, South Dakota students have demonstrated their ability to master core educational concepts," said Gov. Mike Rounds. "These results are a testament not only to our students, but also to teachers, administrators and families that support them."

Approximately 71,500 students in grades 3-8 and 11 took the assessment, which compares South Dakota students to a national norm. The assessment covers reading, math, language, science and social science. Scores in all but two areas were up or remained level with last year.

"We're pleased with the results and commend South Dakota's schools for their commitment to making sure our students are academically prepared," said Dr. Rick Melmer, secretary of the South Dakota Department of Education.

Melmer noted that while the Stanford 10 Abbreviated is not used to determine accountability under No Child Left Behind, it is a good indicator of academic progress statewide.

School districts have received their individual results. Parents wanting more information should contact their local districts.

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