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Harder state tests lead to lower test scores

Rochester, N.Y. - The results are in.

Education officials have announced the scores on the New York State math and reading tests for grades 3 to 8.

The test results show that 31 percent of students in grades 3 through 8 scored proficient in English, with the same percentage meeting or exceeding the standard in math. That compares to last year's results of 55 percent in English and about two out of every three students meeting or exceeding the math standard.

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The Big 5 city school districts: Rochester, Syracuse, Buffalo, Yonkers and New York City performed worse that the state average.

In Rochester, 5.4% of students met or exceeded the ELA proficiency standard; 5% met or exceeded the math proficiency standard.

"The parents should have more information about (the test) they are giving their children," said Lynette Thomas whose son is in the district and took the test.

According to Rochester School Superintendent Bolgen Vargas, "The results of this year's assessments create a new baseline for measuring student achievement and progress. The question for educators and parents is not how theses scores compare to past assessments. It's whether we have the instructional resources and supports in place to grow from this baseline rapidly. I am confident that we are creating a sense of urgency to implement the changes necessary to improve student achievement as we move forward, such as giving our teachers and students more time and support."

In Syracuse, 8.7% of students met or exceeded the ELA proficiency standard; 6.9% met or exceeded the math proficiency standard.

In Buffalo, 11.5% of students met or exceeded the ELA proficiency standard; 9.6% met or exceeded the math proficiency standard.

In Yonkers, 16.4% of students met or exceeded the ELA proficiency standard; 14.5% met or exceeded the math proficiency standard.

In New York City, 26.4% of students met or exceeded the ELA proficiency standard; 29.6% met or exceeded the math proficiency standard.

This year's state assessments are the first for students to measure the Common Core Learning Standards that were adopted by the State Board of Regents.

Student growth on the tests is also now a universal factor in teacher and principal evaluations that New York requires from each of its 700 districts.

Commissioner John King emphasized that the results do not reflect a decrease in performance for schools or students. The new assessments are a better, more accurate tool for educators, students, and parents as they work together to address the rigorous demands of the Common Core and college and career readiness in the 21st century."

 
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