SPRINGFIELD (CBS) — Illinois’ K-12 population will be held to stricter performance standards in state testing.

Consider the bar raised for the test known as ISAT. State Superintendent Chris Koch urged the school board to comply now.

“I know this is hard, but we have got to make this expectation change,” says Koch. “You have over 20 years of ACT data showing when you raise that standard, look at how many kids that we have met that now rank number one in the country on performance of kids we test universally. You know that matters.”

Koch says the idea is to better Illinois Public School kids for college and/or careers.

The State Board of Education approved the higher standards for ISAT, which will be replaced by a new test in two years.

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