WASHINGTON, DC — This morning, New York State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. released the results of the April 2013 grades 3-8 math and English language arts assessments. These assessments are the first for New York students to measure the Common Core Learning Standards that were adopted by the State Board of Regents in 2010. King said that, as expected, the percentage of students deemed proficient is significantly lower than in 2011-12 and is largely the result of the shift in the assessments to measure the Common Core State Standards, which more accurately reflect students’ progress toward college and career readiness.
In response, Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, made the following statement:
“New York’s test results are like visiting the doctor. In both cases, you want the most current and accurate tests so you can improve.
“New York is a national leader in beginning to use tests that truly measure how well students are doing. These new tests don’t show students or teachers doing less; they show what truly needs to be done.
“Most importantly for New York students, the test results are only a snapshot of what we are seeing today; what is important are the major steps to improve educational performance that are already underway in New York.”
The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC-based national policy and advocacy organization that works to improve national and federal education policy so that all students can achieve at high academic levels and graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship in the twenty-first century. www.all4ed.org
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