PORTLAND -- The results of Oregon's standardized tests tumbled this year, especially in high school writing.

In high school writing, the share of juniors who could write an acceptable essay dropped to 60 percent, down seven percentage points from the 2011/2012 school year.

State schools deputy superintendent Rob Saxton said the results are overall disappointing and that a lack of funding contributed to the decline. He added that initiatives the Oregon Legislature passed in the last session will increase funding, starting with the 2013/2014 school year.

Among other results: Reading performance dropped in every grade from third through eighth, and passing rates in mathematics fell in five of seven grades tested.

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