Third-grade through eighth-grade New Yorkers' reading and math test scores improved markedly over the past year -- especially in New York City and other urban centers -- so much so that some educators are somewhat skeptical. According to the statewide data released by education officials, 81% of students reached at least grade level in math, versus 73% the previous year, while roughly 69% of students attained at least grade-level scores in reading, compared with 63% the prior year. In New York City, math scores spiked from 57% in 2006 to 74.3% this year, while reading scores climbed from 50.7% two years ago to 57.6% this year. State education commissioner Richard P. Mills called the gains "encouraging and exciting," adding, "The schools have delivered."
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