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COMMON CORE LEARNING STANDARDS

New state assessments for all students in grades 3-8

In 2010, the New York State Education Department adopted the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS). These new, more rigorous standards were developed by education, business and state leaders to better prepare students for career and college success. The result is that students are being asked to learn new skills, concepts and different ways of approaching questions and solving problems. The new standards are reflected in an updated curriculum in our schools that is being fully implemented in the 2013-14 school year.

The exams that Cohoes students in grades 3-8 took in 2012-13 were new, and based on CCLS. As a result, we will not be able to compare this year’s exams to last year’s exams in the way that we have in the past. Because the instruction leading up to the tests and the tests themselves were different, any dip in student scores should not be interpreted as a decline in student learning or teacher performance.

MORE ABOUT WHAT THE COMMON CORE IS, And what it is not>>

 

Students' individual test scores will be mailed home the week of October 10, 2014.

As in the past, these assessments will not factor into a student’s grades for the year. Cohoes’ teachers and administrators will continue to work diligently to teach the skills that are measured by these exams through thoughtful and engaging lessons and activities – not merely test preparation activities.

 

MORE INFORMATION ON CCLS>>
WHY WE NEED THE COMMON CORE>>
FIVE FACTS: MAKING COMMON SENSE OF THE COMMON CORE>>

DETERMINING ACADEMIC INTERVENTION SERVICES BASED ON STATE test RESULTS>>

ADDITIONAL PARENT RESOURCES on understanding test results>>

 

 

News on 2013-14 Cohoes state assessment results

2014-15 State testing dates