ALBANY - (AP) - Just over half of grade school students inNew York were proficient in math and English in standardized teststhat had to be adjusted to reflect the expectations forcollege-bound students.

The state Board of Regents reports that 53 percent of studentsin grades 3-8 this year scored "proficient" or higher in Englishwhile 61 percent met or exceeded the new proficiency standard inmath.

A year ago, before the "cut scores" were raised to a levelused in national exams, 77 percent of New York students scored"proficient" in English and 86 percent were considered proficientin math.

The new standards, while reducing the number of proficientstudents, are more closely aligned with the comparative level ofcompetence for high school Regents exams and the demands ofcollege.