Starting in January, students at more than 11,000 public schools across California sat down for up to eight hours of testing. By the end of the school year nearly 3.2 million students in grades 3 through 8, and grade 11, had completed computerized exams in math and English. The purpose: To find out if California's kids are on track for college according to new learning standards known as the Common Core.

First, the bad news: Less than half of California students met the standards. In the end, most students failed to meet the standard expected for their grade. Just 48% of students met or surpassed English standards. An even lower 37% of students met or beat math standards.

But there's good news: The scores are higher than last year. The number of students passing the English exam increased by 4 percentage points. The number passing math increased by 3 percentage points.

California's largest school district trails the rest of the state. The new results show that L.A. Unified, the nation's second-largest school district, made gains over last year, but still lags well behind the statewide average. The district tested more than 265,000 students. Of those 39% met or surpassed English standards and 29% met or surpassed the math standard, jumps of four and six percentage points from last year, respectively.

The new results show that L.A. Unified, the nation's second-largest school district, made gains over last year, but still lags well behind the statewide average.

The district tested more than 265,000 students. Of those 39% met or surpassed English standards and 29% met or surpassed the math standard, jumps of four and six percentage points from last year, respectively.

More: http://www.latimes.com/projects/la-me-edu-test-scores-2016/?q=irvine&p=1&c=name&o=asc

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