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Less Than One-Third of Students Pass Math and English Exams in NY

Common Core has struck in New York, and its first victims are seemingly the students.  Under the strict new education regulations, only 31% of students were rated as ‘proficient’ in both Math and English.

Via the Times Union:

The state now considers less than a third of New York’s students in third through eighth grade proficient in math and English, according to standardized test results released Wednesday.

Statewide both the math and English language arts tests had a pass rate of 31 percent. Last year, the number was 55 percent in ELA and 65 percent in math. Still, state officials and other prominent education advocates joined together to assure teachers, parents and students that the scores didn’t mean they had failed, but rather the bar had lifted. In a few weeks, parents will find out how their children scored and almost three quarters will learn they failed the math or English tests given in the spring.

State Education Commissioner John King said the scores don’t reflect a decrease in performance, and should not be used to attack educators.

It should however, be used as an attack on the very concept of the Common Core regulations, and their wanton implementation in the Empire State.

Assembly Democrats released a statement yesterday explaining that “the Common Core curriculum went too far, too soon.”

The results were even less encouraging for minorities, with black and Hispanic students passing at a rate of 16% and 18% respectively.

How does one explain to almost 80% of our young students that they failed their exams but hey, it’s okay because we’ll eventually get it right?

Long Island Republican Lee Zeldin, writes:

I am deeply concerned by the reckless implementation and misguided direction of the national Common Core movement to try to establish a one size fits all education model. Today’s release of testing scores is absolutely nothing to celebrate or attempt to spin. It’s evidence of an educational system failing to properly prepare students for success in life. The poor scores are indicative of improper implementation of Common Core. Our students are not guinea pigs and this experiment needs to stop until and only if the many flaws can be corrected.

One concerned educator took to Facebook to explain that this isn’t the fault of either the students or the teachers, but rather the moving target that is Common Core’s standards.

The amazing teachers I work with and the many other friends I have in education have no reason to feel defeated today, although I suspect many of them do. Every day we all go above and beyond for students. We know they are learning, we have proof of it. We can’t control the tests, or the moving target of what is proficient and what isn’t.

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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