Less than half of California students meet new reading, math standards

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Less than half of all California students passed new math and English tests aligned with the Common Core standards and considered indicators of college and career readiness.

Results for the Smarter Balanced assessment released Wednesday show that 44 percent of students in third through eighth and 11th grades met or exceeded the new language-arts standards. Thirty-four percent passed the assessment in math.

Though state education officials cautioned against drawing comparisons with previous standardized tests, the results also reflect long-standing achievement gaps between low-income and affluent students.

State Board of Education President Michael Kirst says the results indicate that “we have a long way to go.”

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