WA students improve test scores in math, science

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- This year's statewide test results, which are being released Tuesday, show more kids are passing their math and science exams.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn credits Washington's new math learning requirements for helping kids and teachers better understand what students need to learn.

Results from the new end-of-course exams for algebra and geometry are available for the first time. It appears that students are doing better on the new exams than they did on the cumulative high school math exam.

Most elementary and middle school students are also doing better on their math tests and science scores are improving as well.

What hasn't improved is the number of schools failing to make adequate yearly progress, as required by the federal No Child Left Behind law. Preliminary figures show 1,388 Washington schools were on that list in 2011.