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East Rockaway, Lynbrook administrators not happy with state test scores
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The purpose of the more rigorous curriculum is to better prepare students for college and careers, according to education officials. King added that the test scores are a benchmark to show how much more progress needs to be made to develop more knowledgeable and skillful students who can be competitive in the 21st century.

Ruiz said she is in favor of raising the bar for students and educators, but it has to be done correctly. “We want to be competitive globally,” she said. “We want our students to be prepared for college and career, but I think we need to do it in a developmentally appropriate way so that children will get there in an appropriate amount of time.”

When the scores were released last week, Burak published a letter on the district’s website explaining why they dropped and adding that comparing this year’s results to last year’s simply doesn’t work. According to Burak, the results “reflect the fact that the assessments were prematurely implemented before students could be effectively instructed in the new, more rigorous Common Core Learning Standards curriculum.”

To gauge student performance more accurately, Ruiz said, East Rockaway will use other resources, including classroom assessments, student learning objectives and local assessments. She added that teachers will continue to receive professional development to help them make the transition to the new curriculum — and to make sure students understand that they didn’t necessarily perform worse on the latest tests.

“I know that our teachers will do their best this year to provide the most high-quality instruction while supporting our children so they don’t feel overwhelmed and overly stressed by these shifts,” Ruiz said.

Both administrators said they were prepared for the drop in scores, but are not happy with this year’s assessments. “It’s not assessing student learning,” Burak said.


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But what the state and administration needs to realize is that one whole elementary school and the middle school was out for 3 weeks total due to hurricane Sandy AND had to be combined in Center Avenue, where there was double the amount of students and the teachers had to accommodate as much as they could. The teachers could not have been able to do as well of a job when they are in a smaller cramped classroom with twice the amount of children. Not to mention the students that were in the middle school that were over at Milburn. They did not have all of the equipment that was provided to them at the Jr-Sr high school. Obviously it was going to be a difficult year due to what happen to both of the schools, but how dare the administration have the nerve to blame the teachers. They did the best that they could possibly do considering the amount of time they had and the amount of available resources they had as well. The state tests were NOT pushed back after Sandy, so while majority of New York state was in school (except for the schools on Long Island that were out a week and a half the most) the children in East Rockaway lost 3 WHOLE WEEKS OF LEARNING. And even upon returning to school, it was still a whole other 1 1/2- 2 weeks until the classes were fully able to adjust. Just look at Lynbrooks scores compared to East Rockaway, there is a significant difference, and it's not the teachers fault. Half of the kids didn't even have a home for MONTHS. Am I stating that we should be blaming the students? No, of course not, but do not turn around and say that it is the schools and the teachers that are lacking and not doing their job. They did the best that they could. Shame on you East Rockaway Administration and NY State.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 | Report this

East Rockaway students and teachers deserve a mulligan. It was a tough year. East Rockaway's performance relative to Lynbrook and the County/State averages is worrying but, unless the same disparity in numbers shows up again next year, hardly cause for alarm.

Thursday, August 15, 2013 | Report this

While I agree that ER should get a mulligan as suggested above, I do find it interesting that whenever there's good news on testing, the teacher's union is quick to take credit, but when things go south, they play the "the tests are unfair" card. You can't have it both ways. So there's a new test and it's hard. What do you? If your current teaching methods didn't produce the desired results, you change your methods - not the test.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 | Report this
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