New York Common Core Scores Drop Like a Rock

WROC-TV in Rochester, NY is reporting that scores for New York’s 3rd-8th graders Common Core scores are dismal.  New York recently developed their own state exam, and the kids’ scores “dropped like a rock.”  What’s worse is that they were expecting it.

As expected, test scores for New York’s third through eighth graders dropped like a rock.

Students took the math and English tests in April. This was the first set of tests based on the national Common Core standards, adopted by 46 states.

Teachers complained they did not have the proper materials or training to properly implement the new curriculum. Some parents concerned about the culture of standardized testing and the Common Core standards boycotted the tests.

The results are dismal:

– Statewide, only 31 percent of students were deemed proficient in math and English.

– In the Rochester City School District, only 5 percent of students were proficient in math and English, the lowest of any district in the state.

In a news release, State Education Commissioner John King said, “These proficiency scores do not reflect a drop in performance, but rather a raising of standards to reflect college and career readiness in the 21st century.”

I’m sure that the standards being convoluted had absolutely nothing to do with this either.

7 thoughts on “New York Common Core Scores Drop Like a Rock

  1. “I’m sure that the standards being convoluted had absolutely nothing to do with this either.”

    They probably did. But I’m sure it had more to do with the fact that we have crappy absentee parents and stupid kids in this country…..

    Sometimes, it’s not the program’s fault. Sometimes, you just have uninvolved parents and unmotivated children.

    1. But the thing is that the grades also dropped dramatically in the affluent suburbs that have always performed well. NYState jumped into this without thinking. I sick of hearing that thye need to raise the bar when the old bar wasn’t even being met. You are correct about the “crappy parents” but the fact is that this has affected the students who have good parents as well. My kids both came home with work this year that was anything but typical and the lack of mastery that was offered and the pace with which they were supposed to cover all the material was outrageous. My son’s homework offered no more than a handful a problems for completeion. This is not mastery. He also was never offered the opportunity to master the basics before being expected move on to topics that were too complicated for his age. Raising the bar is only going to set us back. The “new math”, Chicago MAth, Everyday Math is what got us into this mess and this Common Core crap is worse and and mere contiuation of the other crap.

    2. no one is ever allowed to see these tests, we will never know where the kids need help. it is illegal and we are stupid for allowing the state to have such authority. this has nothing to do with parenting!

  2. Parents who yammer away about the dangers of standardized tests, never actually look at the tests( intentionally!). It’s easier to argue theory than the reality that they couldn’t begin to explain how their precious baby somehow has mastered a subject without being able to handle the very basic concepts covered on these tests.

    1. These were no basic concepts. When is the last time you knew of a third grader having to find the area of a rectangle and “decompose the composite figure and find the areas”. This used to reserved for 8th and 9th graders, yu know after they mastered being able to long divisiona dnknew all their multiplication facts. All this curriculum has done is made things more difficult. Teachers now have to teach things that students haven’t even secure the foundation for doing. I speak from experience as my third grader this year was expected to do this/. i hve seen the test as they were posted on the local news websites and my daughter who is in fifth even remembered some of the questions. These tests are a joke. If you guess at the answers like my daughter had to because the test was so cumbersome and long that she ran out of time, then how is the test any kind of an accurate measure. The ridiculous part is that the website listed not aonly the questions but also reasons why the answer was chosen is either tight or wrong. It doesn’t account for wjether student just guessed in the hope of being a good guesser. This Common Core is the most aggregious over reach in government history and our kids are screwed.

      1. you are so right, neurologically, they are not ready for this kind of complicated subject matter. You can’t shove it down their throats. and just assume they will learn it. starting earlier does nothing but back fire!

  3. “In a news release, State Education Commissioner John King said, “These proficiency scores do not reflect a drop in performance, but rather a raising of standards to reflect college and career readiness in the 21st century.””radius

    If these new exams are modeled after the national guidelines of PARCC and/or SBAC they are no indication of readiness for college or career in the last century or this one. They are the implementation of the decades-old ed industry’s misconception of “authentic instruction” to be evaluated by “authentic assessment” both of which are anything but.

    Wayne Bishop, PhD
    Professor of Mathematics
    California State University LA
    wbishop@calstatela.edu

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