Public school students showed slight improvement this year in two annual assessments that measure high school and college readiness, the Kentucky Department of Education reported Tuesday.
The assessments, called EXPLORE and PLAN, measure readiness in the subjects of English, math, reading and science and compare how Kentucky students fare against national benchmarks.
This year’s results show improvement in most subjects, but the state still lags behind nationally.
In the EXPLORE exam, an assessment of high school readiness among eight-graders, the state scored a composite 15.2 out of a possible 25. That’s an increase from 15 last year, but short of the national average of 15.5.