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Education

Student Scores Drop in Latest Smarter Balanced Tests

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Standardized tests scores for New Hampshire students are down slightly from last year.

According to the results for the Smarter Balanced tests released today, there was a 3 percent drop in the number of students in grades 3 - 8 proficient in English Language Arts compared to last year. In math, there was 2 percent drop.

Meanwhile, New Hampshire 11th graders taking the SAT showed a slight improvement in math scores.

In a statement, Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut said the scores are cause for concern, but notes that other states with Smarter Balanced saw similar declines.

Next year, elementary students will take a new standardized test, but questions remain about whether the scores will be comparable.

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