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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.



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.



NYC Common Core Test Results

Well, in case you haven’t heard the NYC common core test results are in!  The common core standards aren’t associated with the gifted and talented testing but are required for all students from 3rd grade through high school. These are the new standards that are being implemented by 43 states across the US within the next 2 years. New York State was one of the first to implement the common core test this past school year and the results are in! According to a DNA Info article it looks like the citywide G&T programs scores are some of the highest in New York City which shouldn’t be a surprise since 100% of the students who attend citywide programs are in the gifted and talented and not integrated within a general ed school like most of the district programs within the city. According to DNA Info:

  • NEST+M on the Lower East Side took the No. 1 spot, with 99 percent garnering pass grades of 3 or 4 on the ELA, moving it up from the No. 5 spot last year.
  • The Anderson School on the Upper West Side was No. 2 (down from No.1),
  • TAG Young Scholars in East Harlem ranked No. 4 (up from No. 9),
  • Number 6 was the Brooklyn School of Inquiry in Bensonhurst.
  • The Upper East Side’s Lower Lab School, which ranked No. 3 (the same as last year), is a G&T school with priority given to students in District 2 and is the only district wide program with 100% gifted and talented student population.
  • Bayside’s P.S. 188, a Queens neighborhood school with a G&T program, came in at No. 5.

DNA Info has a great interactive map you can search your local elementary school to see how it performed on the new common core standards test! Keep in mind, this was the first year for common core test and the overall scores are lower than previous years due to the high difficulty level.