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Initial Report Shows Ohio's Standardized Tests Scores Are Low

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Data shows that less than half of Ohio students met the academic standards on new Common Core tests taken the last school year.

Preliminary results shared with the Ohio Board of Education show that passage rates have dropped from previous standardized testing. About 26 percent to 40 percent of elementary and middle school students met or exceeded expectations on math and English exams.

The results include online Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, exams. State officials say the scores were to be expected. The board is poised to set a lower benchmark for students, allowing closer to 65 percent of students to meet expectations.