Riverside County students showed slight gains in English and math achievement compared to the previous year, according to standardized test scores released Tuesday by the California Department of Education.

The performance of Riverside County students on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress tests trailed slightly behind that of students statewide, according to the department.

The CAASPP tests were administered in the spring to more than 3 million students across the state in grades 3-8 and 11.

In Riverside County, 17.44 percent of the more than 228,000 students who took the tests exceeded the state standard in English, up from 16.45 percent the previous year. According to the state, 28.74 percent met the standard, up slightly from 28.7 percent last year; while 24.14 percent “nearly” met the standard, down from 24.81 percent in 2017; and 29.69 percent failed to meet it, down from 30.04 percent the previous year.

In math, 13.32 percent exceeded the standard, 19.43 percent met it, 27.9 percent nearly met it and 39.35 percent failed to meet it. The percentages from the previous year were 12.45 percent, 19.68 percent, 28.54 percent and 39.32 percent, respectively.

Statewide, 21.25 percent exceeded the standard in English, while 28.63 percent met it, 22.58 percent nearly met it and 27.54 percent failed to meet it. In math, 18.64 percent exceeded the standard, 20.01 percent met it, 25.9 percent nearly met it and 35.45 percent failed to meet it. The statewide scores were generally modest increases from the previous year.

“We’re encouraged by what we see, especially since these tests are more rigorous than previous paper and pencil tests,” said state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. “However, we need to make sure all students continue to make progress. We must continue our work to narrow achievement gaps as we raise the bar for our students, and better prepare them for 21st Century college and careers.”

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