BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP/WBEN) - New York education officials are set to release the much-anticipated results of this year's statewide English and math tests.
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Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch and Education Commissioner John King have scheduled a conference call for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday to discuss the scores on the annual tests that students in grades 3 through 8 took last spring.
The Wall Street Journal, citing "several people who had seen the results that will be officially released" reports that "Overall, 31% of New York state students in third through eighth grade were proficient in math and reading on state exams this year, down from 65% in math and 55% in English in 2012 on different tests, "
The tests were the first to be aligned with the more rigorous Common Core learning standards that have been adopted by most states. Most everyone expects the scores will be much lower than in previous years.
The tests traditionally have been used to measure student and school performance. But student growth on the tests is also now a universal factor in teacher and principal evaluations that New York requires from each of its 700 districts.