Statement by NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on Grades 3-8 Test Results

FOR RELEASE: August 22, 2017

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 783-3716 or (518) 320-2221 cell

The announcement today of statewide test results in grades 3-8 English language arts and math exams represents a mixed bag. The good news: students in all grades combined made incremental gains in proficiency in both ELA and math and fewer students opted out of those exams than did last year. The bad news: only about four in 10 students are proficient.
The Board of Regents has indicated that their plan under the "Every Student Succeeds Act" will help schools improve student outcomes. Local school boards can and will chart a course toward higher levels of proficiency that will require a strong commitment from students, parents and educators as well as the proper support and funding from state lawmakers and education policymakers.


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