A mix of good and not so good news is found in the results of the latest Missouri Assessment Program tests given to public school students. Third-graders posted higher scores in reading and science, while seventh-graders posted small gains in reading. On the negative side, mathscores dropped slightly – particularly in the upper grades. Deputy Education Commissioner Orlo Shroyer says officials are still trying to determine why math scores dropped at the 4th, 8th, and 10th grade levels. Education Department officials are especially pleased with the factalmost 4 in 10 third-graders scored “proficient” on the MAP reading assessment – an increase of more than 10 percentage points over last year.