Tisch King Joint Statement NAEP Scores

FYI: On November 7, 2013, Regent Chancellor Meryl Tisch and Commissioner King released a joint statement on New York State’s NAEP scores:

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“We all share the same common goal: that every student in New York graduates college and career ready,” New York State Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch said. “I’m encouraged by the progress I’ve seen in classrooms around the state and the hard work educators are doing to help their students succeed. But the NAEP results for New York students confirm what we already know: our students are not where they should be. There’s some growth, but scores are relatively flat and there is still an unacceptable achievement gap for minority students.

“We’re already moving forward though. Through the Common Core, we’re raising the standards in New York State. The Board of Regents is committed to making sure New York students are leading the pack. There is still work to do. But last year New York’s Common Core assessments gave us a new baseline to work from. Our students deserve a world-class education that prepares them for life after high school. The Common Core will help our students get there.”

“What happened in Tennessee and Washington, D.C. can happen here,” State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. said. “Tennessee and Washington, D.C. are out in front on meaningful teacher and principal evaluations, and the NAEP results show that those evaluations, along with the shift to the Common Core, are helping students learn more.

“It’s just more evidence that New York needs to stay on this road. There are improvements and adjustments we can and should make as we go forward, but we’re on course to help our students build the knowledge and skills they need to succeed. We can make changes but we cannot change direction.”

NOTE: The NAEP results are consistent with the findings of several other measures of New York students, including the state’s measurement of college and career readiness (35 percent of students are college and career ready) and remediation rates at state colleges and universities (half of all students entering community colleges are required to take remedial classes).

See: http://www.oms.nysed.gov/press/naep-scores-2013.html


4 thoughts on “Tisch King Joint Statement NAEP Scores

  1. Of course the scores are going to go up. Last year the kids had not even been taught what was on the tests. This year they are being taught to the test. Wake up Common Core is WRONG!
    Follow the money trail it leads to Gates and Pearson. The ones who stand to gain the most from this crap.I am not even sure if it is legal, ever heard of the tenth amendment? Look it up. Our kids are not for sale to Gates or the Federal government and you sold them out. Shame on you and Gov. Cuomo. One size does not fit All, Oh and what of the Data mining? I do not want my childs info shared or stored in a “cloud” waiting to be hacked

  2. The very concept of this reform agenda has been predicated on a lie. It is a manufactured crisis created from manipulated data. We are not failing. Our systems, our teachers, and our children are not failing and the un-manipulated data prove that.

    The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is a test that has been used for the past 40 years to measure trends in education. It is given to sampling of children in 4th, 8th and 12th grades to measure growth trends. The tests results are scored in the following manner, Advanced, Proficient, Basic, and Below Basic. It is easy to take these labels and assume that only scores of Proficient and above are acceptable. Below proficient must be not proficient, right? However, that is not the truth. Diane Ravitch indicates that Advanced on the NAEP is equivalent to an A+. A student who is Proficient is a B+ or A student. Basic means that a student is doing solid C or B- grade level work. The recently released scores on the NAEP show that over 70% of the 4th graders in NYS and 76% of 8th grade students are what would be considered solid C and above students in Reading and 82% of the 4th graders and 70% of 8th graders scored Basic and above in Math. If the scores were any higher the reformers would be crying foul, grade inflation. Our students know the basics they are succeeding at readin’ and writin’ and ‘rithmetic. This is the exact opposite of the scores on your untested, unreliable and invalid tests this past spring.

    Looking at the trends on the NAEP you will see that it shows gains over this time period (the past 40 years) that have been steady and increasing in both Math and ELA, with the greatest gains in Math. It is not intended to be a one year snap shot.

    You can also look at graduation rates over the past 1/2 century. There is an attempt by reformers to talk about current graduation rates as if they are declining and school is dismally failing our students. This is also a myth. Graduation rates are currently at the highest they have been in American Education. There are more adults with HS diplomas than at any other time in our history. The problem with the reformers manipulated statistics is that they are only looking at 4 year graduation rates. It is accurate to say that the 4 year graduation rate is 78%. However when students who graduate after 5 or 6 years are included in the statistics and students who receive GED diplomas are also included you will see that 90% of our adults, age 18-24, have HS diplomas. Many students seek alternative paths to graduation and should be included in the data.

    Another interesting statistic is that more students are now going to college than at any other time in our history. In 1975 only 50% of high school graduates went off to college. In 2011 70% of high school graduates went on to enter colleges. Many of the students who in the past could not afford to go or were “only C” students in HS are now enrolling in community colleges and with support are able to make the leap to college studies. Further proof that not all students develop equally in their interest in learning. Ask any high school student and they will tell you that there are numerous students in their classes that do not study, do not go to class, and do not care how they are doing. Yet these students, some of whom are very capable but are sliding by, awaken after high school and go on to do great things…I think Mr. Gates was one of those students? Low high school graduation rates are just another myth that the “reformers” like to point out to bolster there claims that the Common Core with all its rigor is going to save the day. I would posit that with the increased rigor many will feel failure and will drop out. If they can’t perform on our supposedly “weak and ineffective” standards how are they going to do when the game is ramped up.

  3. So Tisch and Co. still refuse to hear what parents and teachers are saying and, on top of that, are actually threatening a repeat of Tennessee and DC. This just makes me angry and more determined to fight, fight, fight against these incompetently implemented reforms and the people who support them. ^0^

  4. Tisch and King can spin their web of corporate money any way they like. They are deceitful and care only about lining their pockets and patting each other’s backs. One must actually be a “real” educator, in the trenches to make policy. Tisch and King are not educators! Those who can teach, teach. Those who can’t, make policy!

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