HONOLULU (AP) - Some 93,000 public school students in Hawaii begin taking the Hawaii State Assessment tests next week.
In order to be considered proficient in math and reading, the students will have to score higher than they did last year.
New standards are being imposed to increase classroom rigor and achievement.
They come as island public schools plan to begin teaching to national curriculum standards for core subjects next school year.
The goal is to better prepare students for college and competitive careers.
Board of Education chairman Garrett Toguchi told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that Hawaii's public school system isn't going to play the game of keeping standards low and having kids falsely become proficient.