New York State School Boards Association

Statement from NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on Grades 3-8 Test Scores


FOR RELEASE:  August 7, 2013

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

The grades 3-8 test results released today create a baseline measure of student learning under the Common Core standards.

It is important to recognize that student achievement did not go down; instead, standards went up. 

The state realigned exams to more closely mirror the knowledge and skills that students will need to succeed after high school. We can use this year’s results for comparisons in future years. 

School boards continue to support more rigorous learning standards.  At the same time, we all must acknowledge that there were implementation issues surrounding New York’s adoption of the Common Core.  The timeline for adoption was accelerated compared to other states. Some teachers did not have adequate time to prepare to teach to the Common Core and the scores reflect that. Instructional modules to guide teachers through the Common Core came out piecemeal. And, unfortunately, schools began implementing these reforms during a time of budget cuts.

The State Education Department must play a significant role in helping schools succeed.  That means finding resources for high-quality curriculum and test development, and academic intervention services, as well as providing professional development technical assistance.

We are confident scores will improve through collaboration between the state, school districts and educators.

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