PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Reading and math scores for South Dakota students remained about the same in an annual test given across the state.
The state Education Department reports that 74 percent of the students tested last spring scored at the advanced or proficient levels in both math and reading. The department reports that proficiency rates have remained steady in that range for several years.
The report also rates the performance of 660 high schools, middle schools and elementary schools under South Dakota's new accountability system. Thirty-four schools earned exemplary classifications, the top rating that includes the top 5 percent of schools. Another 34 schools received status classifications, the second-highest rating.