Hamilton County schoolchildren improved their TCAP test scores this year in seven of 11 categories, according to results released by the Tennessee Department of Education, but the gains were concentrated in the upper levels.

In grades 3 through 8, scores in math, science and reading were essentially flat, and students lost ground in social studies.

Math scores for those grades rose just 0.2 percent, science went up 0.1 percent, reading/language arts was unchanged and social studies was down 0.5 percent.

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But grades 9-12 showed improvement in five of six categories. Students had a 6.7 percent gain in English 1 and a 2.7 percent gain in English II, but scores in English III shrank by 4.4 percent.

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