JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi students fared better on the state’s standardized tests last year, although gains in math continued to outstrip gains in English and language arts.

The results, released Thursday by the Mississippi Department of Education, are from last spring’s Mississippi Academic Assessment Program. It’s the fourth time the state has given those tests to students in grades 3-8 and high school.

State Superintendent Carey Wright praises the trends as “part of our state’s success story.”

In English/language arts, testing reading and writing, 42% percent of students scored at proficient or advanced levels. That’s up from 40% last year. Achievement jumped more in math, with 47% of students scoring proficient or higher, compared to 44% last year.

Mississippi also got results from new science tests, with 55% of students proficient or advanced.