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Aug. 14, 2013Lincoln, NE |  By: Barnett/AP

Nebraska Test Scores

Nebraska students who took math, science and reading exams received higher average scores this year than in 2012, according to new state data.

The Nebraska Department of Education released the aggregate scores on Tuesday. The results show that 77 percent of students met or exceeded state proficiency standards in reading this year, up from 74 percent in 2012. Department officials say 69 percent met or exceeded the standards for math, compared with 68 percent the prior year. Student scores also improved in science, with 70 percent showing proficiency this year as opposed to 67 percent in 2012. Department administrators reported that 68 percent of students met or exceeded standards in writing. The department will release a more comprehensive report next month that measures achievement among different racial and income groups.