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New tests a challenge for NY non-public schools

September 29, 2013
Associated Press

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Private and parochial schools had just as much trouble with New York's new state tests as public schools did, scores obtained by The Post-Standard of Syracuse show.

Statewide, just 35.7 percent of students in non-public schools who took the third- through eighth-grade English language arts tests last April passed them. That's a big drop from the 61.6 percent who passed the exams in 2012.

In math it was an even bigger drop — from 62.9 percent passing in 2012 to just 24.1 percent passing this year.

The 2013 tests were based on the state's new Common Core academic standards, and proved to be far more difficult than the 2012 exams. In the public schools, just 31.1 percent of students passed the ELA test this year and 31 percent passed the math.




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