The district reported that 34% of APS students in third through eighth grade took the Milestones. Of those, 36% scored at proficient or above levels in English language arts and 28% did so in math.
At the high school level, fewer than one in five APS students took the end-of-course exams.
APS and other education officials cautioned parents to avoid comparing the results to previous years.
“These tests were meant to measure a typical learning environment, and the number of test takers this past spring was drastically lower than in a typical year,” said a message posted on Superintendent Lisa Herring’s official blog. “The most important point I’ve gleaned from this data is that in-person instruction is directly tied to student achievement. That’s why we are hopeful about preserving in-person instruction by following stringent health and safety protocols, and encouraging vaccination.”