Missouri educators are pointing out the bright spots in statewide test scores still hovering in the single digits. The Department of Education released 1999 MAP scores yesterday, which showed 2% to 3% increases in many subjects over last year. Interim Commissioner Kent King says he’s particularly pleased with larger improvements among last year’s lowest-scoring students. But he admits it remains a sobering picture. Only 10% of state high school students are proficient in math; less than 7% are proficient in science. Two-thirds of Missouri third-graders aren’t reading on the “proficient” level. Detailed scores are available at http://www.dese.state.mo.us.