ROSEVILLE, Minn.- The Minnesota Department of Education has released the results of the 2014 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments. These yearly tests, required by state and federal law, are used as one tool to help schools gauge students' progress in meeting expectations on Minnesota state standards for reading, math and science.

This year, test scores showed:

•One year after implementing a test that was aligned to Minnesota's new reading standards, performance by all students groups, with the exception of English learners, improved by at least 1 percent. English learners held steady.

•Students in grades 3-8 demonstrated continued progress since 2011 on the math assessment.

•Performance on the science assessment continues to show steady progress toward mastering the standards.

"We are seeing steady improvement in student achievement. The trend line is up, and that's progress," Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said. "This kind of change is exactly what we hope to see as our teachers master how to best teach our tougher standards, so each student approaches the test confident and fully prepared. It is critical that we use these scores, along with other indicators of student achievement, to inform our efforts on how best to support our teachers as they prepare our students for career and college."

You can find the 2014 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment results on the Minnesota Report Card