Skip to content
Subscriber Only

New York Common Core Tests Show Little Improvement

New York is among the first states to offer new standardized tests to go along with the new, more rigorous educational standards known as the Common Core. Last year, the first time the tests were given, only about one-third of all students in third through eighth grades were deemed “proficient.” That alarmed some parents and educators, who criticized the standards, the tests, and the rush to implement both.

The results this year, released Aug. 14, are a little better but probably won’t do much to ease those concerned. The percentage of students who scored a 3 or 4 (the highest score) on the math test rose from 31.2 percent to 35.8 percent. But students did no better on the English Language Arts exam: Last year 31.3 were proficient; this year 31.4 were. ”This is still a transition period,” Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch said in a statement. “It will take time before the changes taking place in our classrooms are fully reflected in the test scores.”