This article, written by Chris Barrish, originally appeared in Newsworks.

Delaware students made incremental gains and losses this year in both English and math, and mostly lost ground in science, according to results of standardized testing released Thursday.

The results showed almost unanimous participation in the Smarter Balanced tests taken by third-through eighth-graders. That contrasted with lower-than-required participation by high school students in the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) used by most colleges.

The statewide scores from the 2017 tests, compared with those from 2016, show that for students in grades 3 through 8:

  • Math proficiency increased one percent, to 45 percent.
  • English proficiency fell one percent, to 54 percent.

Proficiency in Smarter Balanced testing means that students are on a path to college and career readiness, said Michael S. Watson, chief academic officer at the state Department of Education.

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