FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 1, 2011
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Tom Dunn, Jonathan Burman or Jane Briggs
STATEMENT FROM EDUCATION COMMISSIONER KING ON
"The NAEP results for New York students are disappointing and unacceptable. New York needs change. The Regents have adopted a comprehensive reform agenda, including the new Common Core Standards adopted last January. It’s a foundation for a statewide curriculum and new assessments. The goal is college and career readiness for every student and that starts the first day a child walks into a classroom.
"The NAEP scores make clear a tough but necessary truth: our students are not where they should be. The new Common Core Learning Standards will help get them there. Schools are beginning to pilot the Common Core this year in preparation for implementation next year and State assessments have been made more rigorous. Higher cut scores have brought student proficiency rates closer to NAEP for a more accurate picture of student achievement. In 2014, the first PARCC exams - developed by a consortium of 24 states - will help ensure that the Common Core is fully implemented. Our children deserve schools that get them college and career ready. Their future, and our state’s future, depends on it."
John B. King, Jr.
NYS Education Commissioner
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