Graduation rates in the state have gone up almost 15% in the last decade. In the year 2000, the graduation rate was 80.6%. Outstanding academic programs are available from pre-kindergarten to college, offering students the best chance at success through an integrated, collaborating network of public school districts, private and parochial schools. NAEP testing shows that younger students are improving on their basic math abilities. In 2003, they scored at 74%, and in 2005, the scores were up 4%. Reading abilities did stay the same at 60% efficiency in 2003 and 2005, while 8th graders scores actually went down 2% in both areas of reading and math.