AUGUSTA — Maine students’ fall 2010 standardized test scores remained virtually unchanged from the previous year, according to results the Maine Department of Education released Tuesday.

Some 70 percent of students in grades three through eight achieved “proficient” scores or better on the reading portion of the New England Common Assessment Program. On the math portion of the test, 61 percent of students were proficient.

Those proficiency rates are the same as last year’s, the first year when Maine students took the NECAP test.

“Our scores are stable, so we continue to look for clues about where we’re doing well, and where we need to make improvements,” said David Connerty-Marin, spokesman for the Department of Education.