U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says New Yorkers should not be alarmed if this year's standardized test scores in math and English drop steeply.
Duncan says the tests that New York students took last spring will establish "a new baseline measurement of student learning."
Duncan joined state Education Commissioner John King and New York City school officials Tuesday for a conference call about test results that will be released Wednesday.
The tests that students in grades 3 through 8 took last spring were harder than in past years. The 2013 tests were intended to be aligned with the rigorous Common Core standards that have been adopted by most states.
The proportion of New York students passing the tests is expected to drop by as much as 30 percent.