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August 15, 2013

Low test scores not jaw dropping

(Continued)

According to Weingarten, there are reports that teachers and students in New York City may not receive Common Core-aligned curriculum materials before school starts. And a new report from the Center on Education Policy indicates that many states do not have the necessary financial resources, staffing or high-quality materials to adequately prepare teachers to teach to the Common Core.

The test results showed stark differences among demographics. In wealthy districts, 51 percent passed math test compared to 9 percent in large cities.

Also, only 35 percent of students statewide are deemed college ready when they graduate college. And among black students, the college readiness dropped to 13 percent.

The English exams showed that minority students struggled: 16 percent of black students and 18 percent of Hispanic students met or exceeded the proficiency standard. Five percent of students with disabilities met or exceeded the English standards, and 7 percent met the math proficiency level.

Ultimately, setting the bar high will not produce results when the resources needed to meet that bar are not provided. The results should serve as a warning sign for states and districts across the country rushing to make the Common Core about tests and not about ensuring that the necessary shifts in instruction have occurred.

We hope the obsession with testing has not shifted the focus away from actual learning and isn’t forcing schools to teach just to the test. Not every student can show their true potential through test scores and there seems to be a lot riding on them.

Richard Iannuzzi, president of the New York State United Teachers Union, hit the nail on the head when saying standardized testing has limitations and that results must be used thoughtfully, judiciously and in context for students and teachers.

New York State has released draft questions for the third grade Math exam that was given to students in April as part of the Common Core testing. To see how you would do, visit http://www.scribd.com/doc/158686044/Grade-3-Math-Released-Questions.

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