NY standardized test scores drop as expected

By Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - New York education officials warned early on not to expect great results on the first English and math tests given statewide to elementary students under tougher new learning standards - and they're right.

The state Education Department on Thursday says test results show that 31 percent of students in grades 3 through 8 scored proficient in English, with the same percentage meeting or exceeding the standard in math. That compares to last year's results of 55 percent in English and about two out of every three students meeting or exceeding the math standard.

Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch and Education Commissioner John King will discuss the scores on a late-morning conference call. Already they're saying that they should be seen as a new baseline, rather than a decrease in student performance.

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