(WXYZ) - The Michigan Department of Education reports that reading and mathematics scores in the 2011 Michigan Education Assessment Program (MEAP) saw positive gains statewide.
The positive gains in the annual assessment given to grades 3-9 are in comparison to the previous year's results.
Reading saw an average three-percent increase in the percentage of students being proficient; and mathematics saw an average one-percent increase.
"We have a lot of room to grow, but this is a positive step," said state Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan. "I am very confident that we have professionals in our classrooms who will continue to step up to the challenge of preparing our students to achieve at higher levels."