Reaction To Common Core Results

08.08.13 | Bob Price

Thirty-one percent of New York students in elementary and middle schools were proficient in math and reading on state exams administered last spring, state officials announced Wednesday. That's down from about 65 percent in math and 55 percent in English on exams given in 2012. The significant drop out was expected after the state Education Department implemented assessments in April based on a new, more challenging curriculum, called the Common Core. Schools and teachers warned that the results would be significantly lower because of the rushed process that didn't give time for lessons, and the teaching materials weren't widely distributed early in the 2012-13 school year, which ended in June. State Education Commissioner John King repeatedly stressed that the new results are a "baseline" for future years and shouldn't be viewed as a slide in the performance of teachers and students.  Timothy Kremer, executive director of the state School Boards Association, said schools and students suffered under a rushed process during the first year of testing. Some states have waited until this school year to adopt the Common Core testing, and others are waiting until the 2014-15 school year.