by Max Brantley
Here's the Education Department release on public school test scores last year. They are improving and, for the first time, the gap between black and white students narrowed. Go here for district and school results on three different tests.
Following is a quick assessment of Little Rock School District scores by Jennifer Barnett Reed:
Little Rock’s Benchmark scores didn’t move much, overall — with the exception of third grade and sixth grade scores. Last year 51 percent of third-graders scored proficient or advanced in math, and this year 62 percent did. On the literacy test, 44 percent scored proficient or advanced last year, and 52 percent did this year.
Sixth-grade students improved in math: 46 percent scored proficient or advanced, compared with 39 percent last year. Literacy scores went from 44 percent P/A last year to 48 percent this year.
Otherwise, scores moved up or down by no more than two or three percentage points. And they weren’t high to begin with — most grade/subject combinations have fewer than half of students scoring proficient or advanced, and all are below state averages.