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Test Scores Decline as New Jersey Aligns Exams with Common Core

New Jersey schools gave a new set of harder tests aligned to the Common Core standards last school year and, when the state released the results on Tuesday, they were unsurprising: Fewer students passed.

The tests were given to students statewide in third through 11th grades in English, and to roughly the same group in math, with math exams after eighth grade given by subject, like Algebra I and Geometry. Less than half of the students scored as proficient at every level on the math tests; in English, the highest passing rate was 52 percent, in seventh and eighth grades. In most other grades, less than half of the students scored as proficient.