From the New York Post:
The state this year lowered the number of answers kids needed to get right on 11 of the 12 Common Core exams, fueling concerns that rising scores were inflated.
In both English and math, students in grades three to eight had to earn fewer points to be rated “proficient” on all but one exam, Fred Smith, a former test specialist for NYC public schools, found in an analysis.
In math, the points required to pass dropped in every grade. In the biggest drop, sixth-graders had to give correct answers on only 52.2 percent of the exam, compared to 63.9 percent last year, or 11.7 percentage points less.