AMITYVILLE - State standardized tests for students in grades 3 through 8 will become a lot harder this spring. The new state exam will be based on the new nationwide Common Core curriculum. Part of this year's teacher evaluations will also be based on how students perform on these state exams. Amityville Schools Superintendent John Williams says change is hard at first but that students will benefit from the new rigorous standards later in life. Critics believe the new curriculum was implemented too quickly and will burden young minds.