THE BRONX - Two Bronx charter schools are being recognized for high marks on the state's rigorous common core exams.

Department of Education officials visited the two Success Academy schools, which are among 22 city schools to rank among the top in the state based off last year's scores.

The new standardized tests emphasize critical thinking over memorization. They were implemented last year for students in third through eighth grade.

Education officials say the common core exams are holding students to a higher standard and are better preparing them for college.

Administrators at Success Academy credit strong parent and teacher involvement for the high scores, and say they are confident their students will once again be standouts in the next round of standardized testing.