AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’ s education commissioner says she’ s “encouraged” by the latest results of the Maine Educational Assessment.

The Department of Education announced Tuesday that the latest scores for pupils in grades three through eight show that 5 percent more students met state standards in reading and 4 percent more met the math standards. The respective totals for proficiency were 65 percent for reading and 56 percent for math.

Commissioner Susan Gendron says that after years of relatively flat achievement scores, a positive trend is beginning to emerge.

It was not all good news, however. Maine’ s writing scores for fifth graders were significantly lower, with the number of students meeting state standards down 14 percent since 2006.