In Benchmark exam's finale, state scores slip

Posted: June 27, 2014 at 4 a.m.

Average achievement rates on the 2014 Arkansas Augmented Benchmark exams -- a 15-year-old testing program administered for the last time in the spring -- declined in every tested grade in math and in all but two grades in literacy.

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