Submitted by Charles Murphy, Island Trees Superintendent.
As many of you know,
State plans to test students, in grades 3-8, on the new
Common Core Learning Standards.
Kentucky was the first state to test their students with these new lofty standards. Unfortunately, the results in
Kentucky plummeted from the prior year. Reading proficiency fell from 76% to 48% in
Kentucky’s elementary schools and 70% to
46.8% in their middle schools.
Equally concerning, math scores dropped
from 73% to 40.4% in their elementary schools and 65% to 40.6% in the
schools. Many of their state officials predicted there would be a
drop; however, very few thought the decline would be so dramatic.
Kentucky’s experience with the new common core assessments, many educators feel this is a predictor of what may end up happening in
In fact, both New York and
Kentucky employ Pearson – one of the largest
educational publishing companies – to create the new, more rigorous
Core Curriculum assessments.
This is something parents in
State should be aware of as their children get ready for
these new state tests in April. If you have any questions about the
common core assessments or the new requirements, please contact your