Individual student scores for the NYS English Language Arts and math assessments in grades three through eight, all taken in the spring of 2013, are now available and will be in mailboxes in the next few days.
Each report indicates the scores and performance level for your child on the given assessment. As you have likely heard in the media, these tests reflect the new Common Core Learning Standards. As a result of this transition, state leaders are finding that student scores across New York State are significantly lower than last year. You may find that your child’s score has dropped as well. The Commissioner of Education asked schools to assure parents that these proficiency scores “do not reflect a drop in performance, but rather a raising of standards to reflect college and career readiness in the 21st century.”
BH-BL educators are also encouraging parents to reassure their children that any test is just one measure, at one point in time, of their academic progress. Students should know that this is a new system for everyone involved, and the tests they took were more challenging than those taken by the students before them. If their score was lower, it in no way means that they did worse in school last year.
While BH-BL leaders will seriously evaluate the results of the state assessments, we will place them in the context of the larger purpose of education, which is to insure that students have the skills, knowledge, and experiences needed for college and career readiness.
Early next week, parents whose children received a Level 1 or 2 on the NYS math and/or ELA assessments will receive a separate letter from their child’s principal outlining the instructional plans or services that BH-BL has put in place to help build upon their child’s future success.
If you have any questions, please contact your child’s principal. Additional information about Common Core, interpreting state test scores, what parents can do to help their children learn, and much more can be found on the Internet at www.engageny.com. Please select the Parent & Family Resources icon in the top right corner.
Please be assured, that we will continue to review and analyze data, identify areas for improvement, and accordingly modify and adjust instruction for the upcoming school year.
We remain committed to providing your children with an
outstanding educational experience.