From Chicago Tribune by Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah:
With state officials raising the bar on what it takes to pass, the number of Chicago Public Schools students who met state standards on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test plummeted this year.

Only 52.5 percent of CPS third- through eighth-graders met or exceeded state standards — a drop of nearly 22 percentage points from last year.

Education advocates say the preliminary test scores provide a more accurate picture of how elementary school students in the city are performing.

CPS officials applied the new cutoff scores to ISAT data over the last 12 years, and said student performance has grown steadily. This year, using the updated benchmark, 65 percent of elementary schools showed improvement in the number of students who met state standards, the district said.

CPS will likely not be the only district that sees the percentage of students who meet or exceed state standards drop this year.

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