PHOENIX (AP) — Statewide scores from last school year show small increases in the percentage of students passing the AZMERIT test in most grade levels in reading and math.

However, the Arizona Republic reports the scores still show more than half the students in most categories aren't passing the test.

The Republic says more than half of the Arizona students who took the test this spring failed, both in math and reading categories.

AzMERIT is an attempt at a reinvigorated state standardized test. Arizona's education leaders introduced the test in 2015.

Compared to 2018 scores, students in seventh, eighth and ninth grade lost points on the English Language Arts test.

Students in higher grades continued to do worse on the test than students in lower grades.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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