After years of climbing test scores
, California students slipped a bit in the last school year. The California Department of Education says the number of students scoring as proficient or better fell .3 percentage points in math to 51.2 percent. The scores in English dipped .8 percent to 56.4 percent. Scores in science also fell by about half a percent, while scores in history and social science increased by .6 percent.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said in a statement the falling scores may be the result of budget cuts school districts were forced to make last year.
He saids this will likely be the last year these scores will be reported as California moves away from standardized tests and toward Common Core Standards that will use different assessment methods.