Less than a third of New York public school students passed state math and reading exams last year, after the state implemented more rigorous educational testing standards.
The scores of students in grades three through eight dropped from 60 percent of students passing in math and 47 percent in reading in 2011 to 30 percent in math and 26 percent in reading last year, according to the New York Daily News.
New York is one of a few states to have altered its tests — making them more difficult to pass — to reflect a new set of learning standards called the Common Core, according to the New York Post.
The majority of states in the U.S. have also adopted the new learning standards, but New York’s early change to its testing forms left teachers with less time to teach students accordingly.
Some schools will not start teaching up to new standards’ level until next year.
State education commissioner John King said he thinks the low results of these first tests could serve as a “baseline” that could show how much students improve in testing in coming years.
“These proficiency scores do not reflect a drop in performance, but rather a raising of standards to reflect college and career readiness in the 21st century,” King said.