The state Education Department today released a report on school district performance on the so-called benchmark tests that measure academic progress.

Main release here. Scores in math and literacy are improving, as measured by the numbers who scored proficient or advanced, and Education Director Tom Kimbrell said progress continues in narrowing the gap between black and white students. This page will take you to many more links on the subject, including the complete list of results by district.

On the jump, the Little Rock School District is touting big increases in scores, notably among black students at some historically struggling schools, such as Mabelvale Elementary and McClellan and Hall High. The release claims improvements in 12 of 13 tests at the elementary and secondary levels.