State: Students struggle with Common Core

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Famularo said that state officials have discussed providing districts with conversion data that may have some correlation with previous assessments. Bellmore officials are currently awaiting further guidance, and Famularo said he expects to receive the data at the beginning of September.

“As with all other test data, we will carefully analyze it when we receive it,” he said. “Our administrators and teachers will use it appropriately to provide quality teaching and learning in all our classrooms.”

Famularo did not comment on whether students’ scores who fell in level one (well below proficiency) or level two (below proficiency) would receive academic intervention services this year.

In the North Bellmore School District

Marie Testa, North Bellmore’s superintendent, addressed how her district is responding to the announcement of the test scores at the Aug. 8 meeting of the Board of Education.

In her report, Testa explained that she met with district administrators to discuss adjustments to the academic program. She said she looks forward to keeping parents involved in that process by keeping them aware of what officials are planning, and figuring out how educators can support them at home while helping them understand the Common Core and what is happening in the classroom.

After the results were released, Testa sent out a ConnectEd message to parents of students at all five schools –– Park Avenue, Newbridge Road, Martin Avenue, Saw Mill Road and John G. Dinkelmeyer –– with information from King about this year’s tests. She explained that administrators are delving into North Bellmore’s scores.

There was more than a 50 percent drop in passing rate between 2011-12 and 2012-13 on fourth-grade mathematics exam (a 54.7 percent difference) and fifth-grade mathematics exam (a 54.5 percent difference). Passing rates this year in general ranged between 30 and about 50 percent, with the exception of the fourth-grade ELA exam. Nearly 29 percent of the students scored in levels three or four.

Testa said the passing rates are not comparable to last year’s because the tests changed so drastically.
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