69 percent of them are less than proficient in English, Language, Arts and
math," says NYS School Boards Association executive director, Tim Kremer.
is disappointment that these tests measured things that weren't completely
instructed, so kids didn't have the instruction that those tests were
assessing," adds Schenectady City School District Superintendent Dr. Larry
says test results have to be looked at as a baseline for the future, not an
automatic failure of teachers and students this past year.
didn't get dumber and teachers didn't work less hard," he says.
"This is something where the standard, the measurement, by which this
performance was measured, was different. It was a whole new set of tests
against a whole new set of standards."
says the bottom line is the common core standards and assessments are meant to
prepare students from the start for college readiness and beyond. Kremer
says with any new system, it will take time to gauge, approximately three to five
is going to be a bit of a shock and a little bit demoralizing at first,"
says Kremer. "But know what is being attempted here is to get
better. To put into place a public education system that is truly world
"Our knee jerk reaction as
teachers, as administrators is to resort to teaching strategies that we know
are not the best but they feel safer. My job as a superintendent is to
try to help people take the leap of faith and engage in the teaching strategies
that they know are more powerful for student learning."
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