PARCC Statement on Release of New York State Assessment Results

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Washington, D.C. - August 7, 2013 -  New York has designed and administered high quality assessments that help educators, students, and families gauge student progress on the Common Core State Standards. Since the Common Core State Standards and the New York assessment measuring them are more rigorous and demanding than those that preceded them, the change in scores does not mean that teachers, students or schools' performance have gotten worse. It means that the tests are providing honest information about student performance relative to demanding real-world standards that prepare students for success in college and careers.

New York also is a member of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, a multistate consortium that is building next generation assessments to provide states like New York (and other partner states such as Massachusetts, Maryland, and Ohio) access to high quality assessments more efficiently and at a lower cost than if each state worked alone. The PARCC assessments will be administered starting in school year 2014-15 grades 3-8 and high school and will build even stronger support for classroom instruction and student learning by leveraging the innovations made possible through computer-based test administration. PARCC also will allow New York to compare its students' performance with those in other states, allowing New York to learn from and inform best practices across the country.




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