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Minn. students steady in reading, improve in math

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Math scores are up and reading scores holding steady for Minnesota students who took the 2010 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments standardized tests.

But there's been little progress in closing the state's achievement gap between white students and their black, Hispanic and American Indian peers.

The Minnesota Department of Education released the MCA-II test results Thursday. More than 426,000 students from third through eleventh grades took the tests this spring.

Education Commissioner Alice Seagren says she's pleased by increases in the share of students in fourth, fifth and sixth grades considered proficient in math.

The results will be used to grade schools on whether they're meeting adequate yearly progress requirements under the federal No Child Left Behind law.

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