Georgia 7th, 8th Graders Improve Reading

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Updated: Thu, 12 Jun 2014 05:21:22 EST

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.

This is the last year students will take the five-subject CRCT. A new test is being developed to meet tougher Common Core standards.

Results for individual districts and schools will be released this summer.

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