Mississippi’s test scores rise on National Report Card

Mississippi’s fourth grade reading and math scores improved on the latest Nation’s Report Card, bucking a national trend of declines.

The results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress were released Wednesday. The exams, given to a cross-section of students nationwide, are considered one of the most reliable ways of comparing academic performance across the state.

Mississippi’s scores remain near the bottom among states on 4th and 8th grade tests of reading and math, and 8th grade scores were flat in both subjects from 2013 to 2015. However, Mississippi was the only state to show significant improvement since 2013 in both reading and math scores among fourth graders. The District of Columbia also showed increases in both.