Ge­or­gia 7th, 8th graders im­prove read­ing

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

AT­LANTA (AP) — More of Ge­or­gia’s sev­enth and eighth grade stu­dents ex­ceeded read­ing stan­dards than their peers did in 2012. But Ge­or­gia’s youngest stu­dents didn’t keep pace.

State ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cials said Thurs­day that 53 per­cent of Ge­or­gia’s eighth graders ex­ceeded stan­dards, im­prov­ing by eight per­cent­age points from the 2012-13 school year. About 42 per­cent of sev­enth graders also ex­ceeded read­ing stan­dards, also im­prov­ing 8 per­cent­age points on last year’s re­sults. Eighth graders also made small gains in sci­ence and math. Ge­or­gia of­fi­cials say less than half of third graders sur­passed read­ing stan­dards, a 5 per­cent de­crease from last year.

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