Most students in Illinois aren't where they should be in reading and math.

The newest results from Illinois' 2015 Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test show schools across the state aren't preparing students for college or a career.

There is some good news. Illinois students from third grade to high school did better in math last year. But the rest of the early numbers from last year's PARCC test are almost all bad news.

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Between 60 and 70 percent of students from third grade to 12th grade aren't where they are supposed to be in reading or math.

Illinois State Superintendent Tony Smith stresses these are preliminary statewide numbers, but it still may be difficult to explain the scores to parents.

"This is the part that is sobering," Smith said. "There is considerable distance to travel to have every single one of our young people ready."

The Illinois State Board of Education has said for years that the PARCC test is tougher than past tests. Smith fell back on that line Thursday.

"Kids are building skill sets that they hadn't necessarily in some of the more narrow assessments in the past," Smith said. "This is a different kind of conversation we're in."

Parents will have to wait to see how their children’s school performed when the state report card comes out at the end of October.

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