TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey education officials say student passage rates dropped slightly on standardized tests last year.

The 2013-14 school year was the last time this set of exams was to be used.

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The drop-offs were minor — less than 1 percentage point on each exam.

Like in 2012-13, about two-thirds of the elementary and middle-school students who took the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge language arts exam rated as “proficient” or better. Nearly three-fourths of them passed the math section.

The passage rate for both areas on the High School Proficiency Assessment was over 85 percent.

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Both exams are being replaced this year by the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers assessment.

The results are also being used to evaluate teachers’ effectiveness.

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