Reading test scores for Michigan third and fourth graders rose slightly in the spring, but fewer than half were rated as proficient or better.

According to WILX News 10, Your Breaking News and Weather Authority, the state's annual release of M-STEP and SAT results were released Thursday.

Among third graders, 45.1 percent were proficient or better on the English language arts assessment, up from 44.4 percent the year before

Math scores rose slightly for third, fifth and sixth grade students, but results dropped slightly in other grades and on other subject tests.

There also were declines on the 11th grade SAT exam, though officials say it mirrored similar drops in other states.