Education officials say statewide test results show students in grades 3 through 8 are making gains in reading and math. State Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius says there was a 2-point overall gain in 3rd-grade reading scores and even larger gains in math among 7th and 8th-graders. Casselius credits the more rigorous reading standards adopted in 2010. In New Ulm, District 88′s state achievement test results were up this year over last year. Students were at or above the state averages in reading, writing and mathematics, with all scores going up except in 5th grade math.