Wednesday, July 18, 2012

NY Standardized Test Results Released

Education officials in New York announced that they were ready to release standardized test results yesterday In April elementary school students in grades three through eight went through six days of testing for English and math. The tests were designed to measure both student progress and the effectiveness of teachers and principals. The tests students took in the spring are the last ones to be based on old learning standards. Next year the tests will be less multiple choice and require higher order thinking from the students through short and constructed response questions. 
Education officials said the state's elementary school students scored slightly higher than last year on standardized English and math tests. Overall, 55 percent of students met or exceeded the English proficiency, up from about 53 percent last year. The math scores showed 65 percent met or exceeded the proficiency standard, up from 63 percent last year. The scores show that black and Hispanic children continue to lag behind their white peers. Education Commissioner John King says the reforms taking effect next year should move more students toward college and career readiness. 

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