Louisiana’s drive toward a key education target barely moved for the fourth consecutive year, according to figures released Thursday by the state Department of Education.

A total of 35 percent of students in grades 3-8 reached the state’s goal — mastery — in tests that measure English, math and social studies skills.

That is up 1 percentage point over 2018 and 2 points since 2016.

State Superintendent of Education John White said 70 percent of school districts showed gains over 2018, which he called great news.

Barely changed from last year, about one out of three public school students in 2018 reached Louisiana’s latest target for educational achieve…

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