A state decision to raise passing standards on English and math tests has produced a dramatic drop in the number of students deemed academically proficient on Long Island and elsewhere across New York, outraging many local school officials.

State Department of Education officials, after more than a decade of reporting annual performance gains, reversed course Wednesday and announced big declines - often 20 percent or more - in test passing rates for grades 3-8 statewide.

>> Check out the video below and read John Hildebrand's full story on the changes and the reaction on Long Island


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