Province sees slight improvement in Grade 2 literacy assessment scores

After six years of declining test scores, the New Brunswick government says Grade 2 English literacy assessments are up, though they still fall short of minimum targets.

75.7 per cent of the more than 5,000 students scored appropriate or higher this year, an improvement of 1.9 per cent.

Department of Education's Kelly Cormier says the change reflects efforts to improve literacy learning and instruction since the implementation of the government's 10 year education plan last year.

Though it's too soon to say weather the slightly higher scores are indicative of a trend, former assistant deputy minister of education Nancy Boucher, who is helping with the implementation of the 10 year plan, says they do spark some hope.

(with files from CBC)