Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Arne Duncan Warns Against Overreacting to Dramatic Drop in Common Core Test Scores

Education Secretary Arne Duncan is cautioning parents and teachers not to panic about the new Common Core test results that are coming. Common Core standards are more rigorous, so big drops in proficiency scores are expected. New York's results came in yesterday, and as predicted, the scores are terrible. Statewide, NY students' proficiency scores dropped by about 30 points compared with last year, resulting in around 31 percent of students in grades 3-8 passing the English Language Arts (ELA)  and math exams, according to the New York State Education Department. The gap for was wider with only 16.1% of African-American students and 17.7% of Hispanic students statewide meeting or exceeding  the proficiency standard on the tests. In a statement today on, Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch said, "The world has changed, the economy has changed, and what our students need to know has changed. These scores reflect a new baseline and a new beginning.... With the right tools, the right training, and continuous feedback and support, our teachers –the best teaching force in the country — will make sure all our students are prepared for college and career success in the 21st century." See the summary of New York's test results here.


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