AUGUSTA — The state Education Department says new test scores show students improved slightly in reading and more significantly in math.

Scores from the latest New England Common Assessment Program tests, taken in October, also show a slight decrease in writing.

Education officials say the test is one of several measures of performance. The state is planning to retire the New England Common Assessment Program after 2013.

In its place, Maine will administer a new, more sophisticated assessment system starting in the 2014-15 school year.

The new tests will assess students on the new Common Core State Standards in math and English language arts, adopted by Maine and 44 other states within the last two years.

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