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Students enter MS88, a New York City public middle school in Brooklyn on Wednesday. Students and parents in New York should not be alarmed if the scores on last spring’s standardized tests drop sharply, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Tuesday.

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Lower NY test scores reflect tougher standards

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — New York, the second state to test students under new, rigorous standards adopted across the country, said Wednesday that less than a third were proficient in math and English, a steep drop from previous years that officials warned was due more to the higher bar than lower performance.

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