ILLINOIS -- Test scores for Illinois grade school students have dropped, a lot, but state education officials said that is because the tests got tougher.
Last year, 82 percent of students were at or above state standards.
This year, that percentage has dropped to about 62 percent.
Illinois is realigning its tests to put them more in line with what are called "Common Core" standards, which Illinois and most other states will adopt next year.
Illinois Schools Superintendent Christopher Koch said those tougher standards are necessary for students to succeed.
"Approximately 75 percent of Illinois students are not adequately prepared for life after graduation, whether they plan on attending college or starting their career," said Koch.
We will find out at the end of October how well local school students, and schools, match up against their counterparts across the state.