New York State Education Commissioner John King Jr. told an audience of parents and teachers the state isn’t going to delay new Common Core learning reforms, but is open to "adjustments" going forward.
King spoke at forum in Albany, his first since an earlier series of planned appearances was cancelled after he was shouted down at a meeting in Poughkeepsie on Oct. 10.
For more than three hours, parents described how frustrated their children were over constant testing and inappropriate curriculum for their age.
Three New York state assemblymembers from the lower Hudson Valley are calling for the new Common Core-linked tests to be scrapped. They say the tests are unfair assessments and costly to school districts. The State Education Department disagrees.
Democratic Assemblymembers Tom Abinanti, David Buchwald, and Amy Paulin, all from Westchester County, penned a letter dated October 21 to the New York State Board of Regents chancellor. Here’s Paulin, from Scarsdale.
Striving to maintain an open dialog on Common Core, the state Education Department is reportedly working on developing a new format for Commissioner John King's town hall-style discussions, which he cancelled after one in Poughkeepsie erupted in anger and frustration.
Students in New York will return to class with some rather gloomy test results hanging over the new school year. This summer, state education officials released statewide test results that showed a drop in the math and English scores for third through eighth graders as the new Common Core standards take hold. What does it mean for the schools? We spoke today to the executive director of the New York State School Boards Association, Tim Kremer.
Last week’s big news included the release of New York students’ academic test performance. The news was grim: Statewide, less than a third of the students in third through eighth grade were proficient in math and English. And in some areas, only a tiny fraction passed: On the reading exams, a mere 5.4 percent of Rochester students passed, 8.7 percent of Syracuse students passed and 11.5 percent of Buffalo students passed. In New York City, 27 percent passed English and 30 percent passed math.
New York is the second state to test students under the new Common Core standards, which require more writing, critical thinking and problem-solving. In the first results, students scores plummeted.
Back in April, when the New York State United Teachers thought Common Core testing was a risky experiment, the union launched an unsuccessful attempt to stop the exams from being given. NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi said then that challenges were in store for both teachers and students and that schools weren't prepared to teach to the new standards.
Test scores for third through eighth graders were released Wednesday, and they show a dramatic drop in the number of New York students who received passing grades.
Less than one third of students in the third through eighth grades, around 31%, passed the new math and English exams given for the first time this year, says Regents Chancellor Merrill Tisch, making the announcement on a conference call.
“As anticipated, the scores we are announcing today are significantly lower,” Tisch said.
An end-of-year “report card” (different from the old-school one above) has been issued by New York education reformers. The “grades” they’ve given to the state’s education policies are not going to earn anybody a congratulatory ice cream cone.