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NEWS10 in the Classroom: Helping parents understand Common Core standards

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- A day after the state Education Department released results of the first tests tied to the new Common Core learning standards, educators are already analyzing how to improve those numbers.

Right now, only a third of students in the state are proficient in English and Math. And just as school districts are adapting to teaching and testing according to the Common Core standards, parents are also faced with a different type of homework when their kids come home.

But there is help for families looking to work on their skills, and it's on the computer.

Engageny.org is a one stop resource for parents who, just like school districts and students, are experiencing a whole new way of teaching and learning, according to the new Common Core standards.

"I feel strongly that education is a three legged stool, it's the student, the school district and it's the parent," says Watervliet City School District Superintendent Dr. Lori Caplan.

She says her student's proficiency in English, Language Arts, and Math ranged between 10 percent and 35 percent. 

Looking ahead, she says EngageNY.org will be a huge resource for teachers and it can serve parents as well.

"It actually gives examples of questions from ELA and from math," she says.  "There's a whole parent tool kit, there's links for teachers, there's links for students."

"We're expecting the students to perform at a higher level and there's a real total disconnect," says Billy Easton, the executive director for the Alliance for Quality Education.

Easton says the changing curriculums point to a need for more state aid and cautions without more resources, improving proficiency could prove to be difficult.

"For students, teachers and principals, it's a frustrating thing to want to achieve at that higher level, but not have all the resources you need to get the job done," says Easton.

If you'd like to take a look at just how these Common Core standards will be taught in your child's grade, click HERE.

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