- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Preliminary results of standardized tests show West Virginia students scored higher in math and English language arts but lower in science.

But the scores released Wednesday at the state Board of Education meeting show less than half of students are proficient in English language arts, and about one third are proficient in math and science.

Science tests were administered in the spring to students in grades 4, 6 and 10. Average scores statewide dropped 1 percentage point to 36 percent compared with a year earlier.

Math scores increased 3 percentage points to 30 percent, while English language arts scores rose 2 points to 47 percent. Those tests were administered to students in grades 3 through 11.

State schools Superintendent Michael Martirano says he’s proud of students’ progress but isn’t satisfied with current proficiency levels.

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