JUNEAU - Preliminary results from spring standardized testing of Alaska's school children are in with mixed results.
The state Department of Education released the statewide figures Tuesday, reporting gains in the number of students passing the reading, math and science tests, but declines in writing.
The test scores are key to the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Schools that don't meet annual, escalating benchmarks are subject to state-imposed consequences and improvement plans. For the 2008-2009 school year, 224 of 505 Alaska schools failed to meet the goals.
The department plans to publish district breakdowns May 28 and individual schools' progress in August.
Education Commissioner Larry LeDoux applauds the progress, but says Alaska still has a long way to go.