In 2011 the State of New York announced it would adopt the Common Core education standards pushed by the Obama administration. This past school year the curriculum was fully implemented, and test scores plummeted. Of course, they’re saying it’s only because the tests are harder now. Right.
Statewide, only 31.1 percent of students in grades three through eight met the state’s tougher new standards in English language arts, down from 55.1 percent the previous year. In math, 31 percent met the standard, compared to 64.8 percent the previous year.
State and local education officials predicted significant declines on the tests given last April. The tests were based on new Common Core state standards and were considerably more difficult than those given in prior years. Officials said the tests better measure whether children are on track to succeed in college and career.
In the Big 5 school districts, the results were particularly devastating. In Syracuse, only 8.7 percent of third- through eighth-graders met the standard in English language arts, down from 24.2 percent the previous year. In math, it was 6.9 percent meeting the standard this year, down from 26.9. (Read More)
Oh well, at least they thought to lower expectations before releasing the test scores.