New York state is about to release the results of the second round of student testing under the Common Core standards.
Students in grades 3-8 took the math and English tests in April. It was the second year that the high-stakes tests were based on the more challenging Common Core curriculum that's been adopted by most states.
Results are due out Thursday.
Last year, New York students scored notably lower than in previous years: Less than a third of students were rated proficient in the two subjects. But state education officials cautioned that the poor showing was due more to a higher bar than lower performance.
The tests are important because student results are factored in to annual teacher evaluations and can be considered in student placement decisions.