Students’ Scores on State Tests Inch Up, But Racial Gap Remains Wide

 Nearly 41 percent of third through eighth grade students were proficient in English; nearly 38 percent passed state math tests. Nearly 41 percent of third through eighth grade students were proficient in English; nearly 38 percent passed state math tests. View Full Caption

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CIVIC CENTER — New York City’s students in grades three through eight saw their scores rise on state English exams — marking the first time that city students outperformed their state peers — while their scores on the math exams also inched up, Mayor Bill de Blasio and School Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced Tuesday.

For English, 40.6 percent of students met proficiency standards, up 2.6 percentage points from the year before, when 37.8 percent had passing grades. Those scores

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