Arizona students had gains in reading and held steady in math, data for the state’s high stakes AIMS test released Monday show.

Reading pass rates climbed slightly from 78 percent of students passing last year to 79 percent this year.

The state managed to hold steady at 61 percent passing math after several years of declining scores.

Last school year was the first year in which the third-grade AIMS reading test determined whether students could be promoted to the fourth grade. Data shows that the number of students who fell far below the reading standard was nearly half of what it was in 2011. In all, about 600 students across the state were affected by the new Move on When Reading policy.

It is unclear if this is the last year that students will see of the AIMS math and reading tests as an assessment for this school year. Students will continue to take the science portion of AIMS.