LAS VEGAS (AP) — Just under half of Nevada students are considered proficient in reading on tests aligned to the Common Core standards, while about one-third hit that mark in math.

The Nevada Department of Education released results Friday on the 2016 Smarter Balanced Assessments. The computerized tests are administered to children in third through eighth grades.

State superintendent Steve Canavero says the reading proficiency rate is still too low, but is ahead of states such as California and Montana.

Education officials also say the results show that new investments in English Language Learners are paying off. Less than 20 percent of English language learners showed proficiency, but they scored higher in reading and math than their counterparts in Connecticut and California.

Nevada is among 15 states that uses the Smarter Balanced Assessments.

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