ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Missouri students appear to be doing better in several subjects, according to newly released annual MAP test scores.

The scores for the 2015 school year represent the percentage of students who scored proficient or advanced, and they were released Tuesday by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The results represent the first time students in third through eighth grades were tested online, and the first for new standards in English, language arts and math.

These are the percentages of Missouri students in all grades who scored proficient or advanced, according to dese.mo.gov:

59.7 percent in English language arts
45.2 percent in math
56.7 percent in science
63.4 percent in social studies

Click here to see more 2015 MAP Assessment results.

The national Common Core guidelines were fully implemented for the first time last school year.

DESE notes the results show improved performance in all grades in language arts, but there were slight decreases in science for fifth and eighth grades.

Dr. Margie Vandeven says, “While tests are only one way of measuring student learning – AND we certainly cannot draw too many conclusions with one year of baseline date – we are encouraged by what we see.”

Read the entire commissioner’s statement here.

MAP scores for individual districts will be released Aug. 17.

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