posted on August 07, 2013 13:13
The state education department preemptively warned Tuesday afternoon that test scores released today would be significantly lower than years past and some of the numbers are shocking.
The data indicates 31 percent of New York students in 3rd through 8th grades are proficient in math and reading on state exams administered last spring. That’s down from 65 percent in math and 55 in English in 2012.
Officials say the lower scores are due to the newly implemented Common Core Curriculum which is used in all but 5 states nationwide.
Teachers and students have voiced complaints that there was not enough time or materials to properly prepare.
Rochester performed the worst of large school districts with just 10 percent passing the math and English tests combined. Statewide in rural districts, 23 percent of students reached proficiency in English and 19 percent in math.
State Education Commissioner John King wsays the first year of the exams will not be used in teacher evaluations. He says they will be a baseline for future years.
Here's a link to see how your child's class and district faired: http://rocdocs.democratandchronicle.com/database/2013-state-test-scores