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NY one of two states to use Common Core right away
ALBANY-- New York State was one of 45 to adopt the new standardized way of testing known as Common Core, however they are just one of two to instill new tests aligned with the program so early.
As New York State Education Commissioner John King prepares for a tour around the state to address parents and teachers concerns over the new standardized tests, students inside the classroom are still preparing for them.
During the 2012-2013 school year New York students were tested based on the new national standard. The numbers of proficient students, grades 3-8, in the core subjects of Math and English hovered around 30%. Teachers and parents both argued there wasn't enough time to prepare the students.
The state of Kentucky is the only other state to have implemented a line of testing based on the new standards. Officials there first gave the test in 2011, and then again in 2012.
The number of proficient students, in grades 3-8, were around the same as New York. Just 30% of students were considered proficient in Math and 22% considered proficient in English, based on numbers given by the Kentucky State Education Department.
From year to year the numbers increased for Kentucky students, by 1% in Math and by 6% in English.
Kentucky State Education Commission, Terry Holiday, said states around the country should move faster because today's students are not ready for college.
"For too long we've been giving kids false hope, we've basically been lying to them saying when you graduate you're ready for the next step," Holiday said.
Neighboring states to New York, including Massachusetts and Vermont have not yet started the new line of testing. Officials in both education departments said they will do so in 2014.
"We want to give educators enough time," said Frank Gerdeman, Assistant Director of Secondary and Adult Education for the Vermont Education Department.
"It didnt make sense to adopt standards then test right away," Gerdeman added.
In New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo gave his blessing to the new standards saying "nationwide that is where the country is going".
"I'm sure there's going to be bumps along the way but I'll leave it to the SED (State Education Department) to make the decisions how to best handle it," Cuomo said.
Teachers and the unions who represent them are calling for a three year moratorium on the new standardized tests.