- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says a higher percentage of students met or exceeded expectations on a standardized test the state administers.

Christie unveiled the new statistics on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers on Tuesday during a statehouse news conference.

The Republican governor says the gains are encouraging and validate the state’s approach to testing.

The state also unveiled data showing that the number of students participating in the tests of math and English language skills has risen.

Christie and Education Commissioner David Hespe say that shows parents are more accepting of the test.

Some teachers, unions and parents groups opposed the test, in part because it continually ratchets up the stakes for students and schools. Some students and parents boycotted it.

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