CONCORD — Preliminary figures released last week by the New Hampshire Department of Education show roughly half of Granite State students achieved proficiency in math and English classes.

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Early results from a 2019 standardized test given to students show over 50% of students across all grade levels achieved proficient scores in English and language arts classes, but those numbers drop when it comes to math scores, especially at the high school level where less than 50 percent of students registered proficient scores.

The state’s education commissioner called the results “disappointing.”

“The assessment results demonstrate that through our education delivery system, about half of New Hampshire students have attained grade-level proficiency,” Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut said. “That is disappointing, but we continue to closely follow student performance to find out where we are making progress and where we can do better.”

The 2019 statewide assessment measures student proficiency in math and English and language arts for grades 3-8 and science for grades 5, 8 and 11. The SAT serves as the 11th grade assessment in math and English and language arts.

New Hampshire has conducted statewide assessments since 2009.

Data shows since 2014 the percentage of eighth-graders in New Hampshire demonstrating English and language arts proficiency has dropped from 58% to 53%.

Proficiency in math among eighth-graders has gone up just one percent over the same five-year time frame.

Eighth grade proficiency in math, meanwhile, has barely moved, increasing just one percentage point since 2014.

By following students as they move from grade to grade, results show that across the state the percentage showing proficiency in English and language arts increased in three grades and fell in two others from last year. Proficiency in math increased in two grades, but fell in three.

“We want to follow our students’ progress in order to help support schools in designing strong instructional practices to advance student learning outcomes,” said Julie Couch, instructional support administrator for the state. “These results show that our current system is working for some students, but not all. We need to keep working to find paths to bright futures for all New Hampshire students.”

Final assessment results will be released in October.