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'Disappointing' PARCC Test Scores From Illinois Students

Flickr user Brent Hoard "ECU School of Education Class Room" (CC BY 2.0)

The latest statewide tests results show that a vast majority of Illinois high school students are not meeting Common Core standards.

It was revealed today about 37 percent of students passed the Language Arts section. Fewer than 30 percent passed the math portion.

Results are based on the PARCC test, which is different from the old ISAT assessment.

Illinois State Superintendent Tony Smith is working to improve lower-than-average test scores.

"I don’t think it should be used to shame or punish, but in order to really have our kids and communities ready for the world that’s coming, we need a new tool. And this is that new tool,” said Smith.

Smith plans to hold informational events to help parents understand the differences between PARCC standards and ISAT.