NASHVILLE (AP) - About half of Tennessee's public school students were unable to meet state academic standards last year.
A tougher curriculum and harder exams led to the sobering TCAP proficiency test scores unveiled Friday by the Board of Education.
The results showed only a quarter of eighth-grade math students are on track to graduate with the skills needed for college and less than half of fourth-graders read at their grade level.
The results did not come as a surprise. State leaders have said for years that Tennessee's standards are too easy and that the state does not accurately report academic performance.
Education Commissioner Tim Webb says the state is "finally telling the truth" about Tennessee's education standards.
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Foster notified Mayor Michael Brady in a letter of resignation Tuesday.
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