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Schools punish students who opt out of common core testing
December 6, 2016, 4:56 pm
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Well, it looks like schools punish students who opt out of common core testing. At least according to this Washington Post hit piece. From Florida to California schools are retaliating against younger and older students on a variety of fronts. This ranges from holding back the younger kids to exclude high school students from early college prep programs. According to federal law school districts need to maintain a 95% test taker rate to keep the federal funds rolling in. Anything less than that the districts will be punished by reduced funding. If the schools get punished it seems it’s trickling down to the student level to increase test taking participation rates for the state common core test. In Buffalo, N.Y., for instance, kids applying to competitive middle schools who opted-out of common core testing were shut-out from the application process and even some private schools shut-out middle school students from applying due to no common core test scores. This goes against the NY State Legislature that past this amendment in 2014:

“[N]o school district shall make any student promotion or placement decisions based solely or primarily on student performance on the state administered standardized English Language Arts and Mathematics assessments for grades three through eight. However, a school district may consider student performance on such state assessments provided that the school district uses multiple measures in addition to such assessments and that such assessments do not constitute the major factor in such determinations.” NYS Education Law, Section 305, subdivision 47.

Don’t like common core? Here’s a video to support your point a view. Due to the recent election and President-elect Trump’s pledge to abolish the common core this may be much ado about nothing at this point in time.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/c/embed/603296ec-fc33-11e5-813a-90ab563f0dde



ELA and math state scores arrive

New York State ELA and math state scores arrive to parents and students! Overall, progress has been made on both fronts of the common core tests given to third through eight graders across the state and in New York City. Here’s a quick breakdown from DNA Info:

  • Astoria school state test scores among the highest in the city
  • Three north Brooklyn schools see massive jump in state test scores – PS 147 Isaac Remsen, Brooklyn Arbor Elementary and PS 120 Carlos Tapia
  • Clinton HIll’s PS 11 produced the highest scores in district 13
  • South Bronx school Concourse Village Elementary School was #1 within District 7 with 93.8 passing ELA and 98% passing the math.
  • In Lower Manhattan PS 234 and PS 150 – both in Tribeca held top spots downtown
  • Park Slope PS 295 jumped to 56% in 2016 vs. 43% in 2015 for ELA
  • NEST Gifted and Talented garnered the top score in District 1
  • Anderson School on the UWS earned first place in District 3
  • In Staten Island 44% percent of students were proficient in ELA this year, an 18 percent increase from last year
  • Crown Heights saw big jumps in math and English Language Arts (ELA) proficiency, but still lag behind average scores in statewide standardized test
  • In Forest Hills, P.S. 303 distinguished itself as the school with the highest state exam scores in its Queens district

Need practice questions for ELA and math? Testing Mom has tons of good stuff. Remember that 4th grade is the year that counts for the state tests for middle school applications!



State scrubs common core test questions
March 22, 2015, 8:21 pm
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Well, according to the NY Post it looks like New York state scrubs common core test questions due to lack of answers provided on certain ELA and math questions given last year to New York students.  It looks like with the elimination of these questions actually helped increase the overall test scores last year for New York State. Not that really made a big impact since over 60% of the students still failed both the ELA and math portions of the state tests based upon the common core. Maybe the third time is a charm with this being the third round of testing since New York converted from the much easier Regents tests to the common core tests in 2013. With $33 million on the line for Pearson (the publishers of the test) there will need to be significant improvement in this year’s scores to say that the testing is showing some significant progress over time.  I suppose if they eliminate more questions from this year’s test then test scores will automatically go up…although artificially. Even though all students in the state take the annual tests for ELA and math it’s a critical score for all the fourth graders in the NYC school system since these scores can be used for admissions into some of the selective middle schools in the city. It seems like people in the city are becoming accustom to the common core curriculum and testing as there haven’t been as many parents and teachers whining this year as compared to previous years. As with anything, change is challenging for some but not as challenging as some of these questions on the common core test.

If you’re needing practice questions for ELA and math for the upcoming test go visit our friends at Testing Mom.



More and more parents are opting out of common core testing
March 2, 2015, 5:32 pm
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Well, it looks like more and more parents are opting out of common core testing, at least to this recent article in the New York Times. Not sure how the schools will determine if a student is meeting the grade standards or not. Of course, the common core testing has no impact on the little ones who encounter the NYC gifted and talented tests which is a barrage of 88 questions from the OLSAT and NNAT2 tests respectively.  The movement to make the common core go extinct (like the way of the dinosaurs) has found interesting bedfellows from both sides of the aisle. The right claims it’s a government take over of the school (news flash folks! the government took over the schools 50+ years ago!) and on the left it’s the claim that poor test scores will be used to demonize teachers which threatens the teacher union establishment that has one heck of a stronghold on political outcomes in this country.   The article goes on to mention that there’s a TV campaign of anti-common core testing that’s hitting the airwaves this week in New Jersey. In one of the TV ads, the dad says his first grader cried and didn’t want to karate practice because he was so stressed out about common core! Oh my, his son had to miss karate practice to sit at home and study? I can’t believe a six-year-old would whine and cry to get out of doing school work to go to karate practic  What is this world coming to! I wonder if the dad paid the same amount of money to enrich his son’s education as he does spending on having his son break wood planks his son might not have common core PTSDe. Watch the drama unfold about common core testing on the TV commercial airing all over New Jersey for the next few weeks.

I think all students should have to test at least one time to see how it goes. At least the parents would then find out if their kid is even at grade level and then take matters into their own hands. So, is your kid taking the gifted and talented test? Or common core test? Or both? You can get free practice questions at Testing Mom.



New York ELA test coming up
February 23, 2015, 6:42 pm
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Well, it’s that time of year with the New York ELA test coming up in April! There are many types of questions on the ELA test according to Testing Mom.  There is so much controversy surrounding these tests since it’s based upon the common core standards that are sweeping across the nation. According to a recent article from NY Mag we’re testing children on the wrong things. There’s so much information out there about the ELA and math test and much of it is not accurate. Theses tests are given to students in third grade through eighth grade. The twist on these tests compared to previous tests is they include open ended questions instead of multiple choice. In places like New York City, the results of the ELA and math tests in fourth grade impact the middle school admissions  even though middle school starts in 6th grade. The overall results from last year’s ELA and math tests only 27% of the kids actually passed the test so that means that 63% of the kids aren’t even performing at grade level…at least according to these particular tests.  There’s so much pressure on these kids starting at the age of 9 to perform well on these tests if they expect a chance to get into one of the top middle schools in the city. At this age, the kids can sense the pressure not only from their parents but also from their fellow classmates.



New York Common Core Test Results Released

Well, it’s not gifted and talented but it might as well be! The New York state common core test results were released last week! And guess what? Only one-third of the students in the entire state passed the test and a little less for the city of New York.  This is slightly above last year but still a very low percentage of the students passing.

Here’s a quote from Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch (for the state of New York)

“Statewide, the percentage of students scoring at the proficient level and above in math rose from 31.2 to 35.8 across all grades combined.”

State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. said:

“The percentage of students scoring at the partial proficiency level and above also rose in math, from 66.9 to 69.6 percent.”

In English Language Arts (ELA), the percentage of New York students scoring at the proficient level rose one-tenth of a percent, from 31.3 to 31.4 percent, across all grades combined (3rd through 8th grade).

So, what does this have to do with the OLSAT test and the NNAT-2 test for the New York City Gifted and Talented Program. I suppose nothing directly but it is interesting to see how the dreaded “common core” has become a thorn in the side of so many schools, teachers and principals. On the flip side, some of the G&T programs in NYC scored extremely well on the common core test. Here are the test scores for Anderson, Lower Lab and NEST. All three of these programs have an entire student population gifted and talented. It seems the staff, principals and teachers at these three schools were conspicuously silent when it came to the protest from teachers and principals earlier this school year when it came to the common core. Maybe because their students did so incredibly well on these very difficult tests?  Maybe the lower performing schools within NYC should take note and realize that having practically every student pass the common core test is possible.

Click on images below to enlarge. Please note, 4 is the highest score and any score of 3 or 4 is considered passing. 1 or 2 is below average or failing.

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nest gifted test scores

 

 

anderson school test scores

lower lab test scores

 



45 Percent of 8th graders get first choice for high school

Well, it looks like 45 percent of 8th graders get first choice for high school applications!  This is great news if you’re a white or Asian student since only 5% of black students and 7% Hispanic students are going to be admitted to these specialized high schools. These are basically gifted and talented programs for the high school students in New York City. Schools like Stuyvesant and Bronx Science not only rank as 2 of the best high schools in NYC but also are in the top school rankings in the United States.  According to the article in NY Daily News 84% of the students got one of their first 5 rankings so it’s great news for those students who now can relax for now until the upcoming New York Common Core testing in a just a few weeks. Although, the impact of this year’s test scores for the 8th graders is limited since they have just received their acceptance letters. Not sure why the DOE doesn’t wait until after the testing this year to send out acceptance letters after the Common Core test results are released later this year but I suppose the timeline doesn’t work well since these students need to plan their next step for their high school experiences.