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Testing: Schools Make Strides But Have ‘Long Way to Go’

Terry Holliday, Kentucky’s commissioner of education, echoed Hargens take on the results, saying that the state’s plan “is clearly working.”

Friday’s release marked the third year of test results since Kentucky adopted the national Common Core Standards, meant to provide deeper instruction that better prepare students.

After disappointing scores in 2012 and modest improvements in 2013, Holliday said the state’s increases this year were heartening and come as teachers are beginning to learn and adapt to the standards. Elementary students in particular are showing promising improvements, he said.