City results on state math and reading tests plummeted last year – confirming warnings that testing kids on tougher educational standards would shock the school systems from New York to Buffalo.
Fewer than 30 percent of public school kids in grades 3 to 8 passed the state math exams last year, while roughly 26 percent passed the exams in reading, according to the Wall Street Journal.
That’s down from pass rates of 60 percent in math in 2011 and 47 percent in reading.
The poor results were prompted by New York’s adoption of higher learning standards known as Common Core, which was embraced by 44 other states and Washington D.C.
But New York was one of the few states to have already changed its exams to reflect the new standards – meaning kids, teachers and principals had less time to prepare to meet the higher benchmark.
In fact, city schools won’t even begin teaching a curriculum that’s fully-aligned with the new standards until the coming school year.