A curriculum for everyone
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Beginning in May and June, students in grades 3 to 8 will be tested in both mathematics and English Language Arts to “measure what students know and can do relative to the grade-level Common Core Standards,” Hogan said.
Those tests must be taken using an electronic device such as a computer or tablet. According to Hogan, that presents the problem of how to ensure that every student has equal access to such a devices and that all are trained on the new testing paradigm.
“From K-12, teachers across all subjects will become teachers of literacy,” Hogan said. “The Common Core will bring changes to the New York state ELA and mathematics exams, while redesigning the state’s assessment program.”
Hogan stressed to the board and others who attended the meeting that the Common Core is a new program, with new exams, and that because of the unfamiliarity of the tests, the state expects students’ scores to drop 10 to 30 percent on the first set of exams.
All testing must be aligned to the Common Core Standards in the 2013-14 school year.