New York students improve in math, hold in English

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — New test results show most New York elementary and middle school students still aren’t on track to graduate ready for college, but education leaders saw progress in gains in math across all races and economic levels.

State education officials on Thursday released results of English and math tests given to students in grades 3 through 8 in April. It was the second year tests were based on the Common Core curriculum adopted by most states to improve college readiness.

Once again, less than a third of students, 31 percent, scored well enough in English to be considered proficient and on track to graduate college-ready.

In math, 36 percent were proficient, compared to 31 percent last year.

Test results are used in annual teacher evaluations and can be considered for student placements. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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