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      NY students scoring slightly better on Common Core tests

      A local student studies the new Common Core curriculum.

      The scores are in, and it appears that students across the state are improving as the new Common Core curriculum is rolled out.

      The New York State Education Department released the results of the assessments of students in grades 3-8 across the state, and the numbers seem to be moving in the right direction.

      For math students in Syracuse, the percentage of students scoring at Level 3 and above improved to 7.6%, up from 7.2% in 2013. Statewide, the percentage of students who met or exceeded the proficiency standard of Level 3 or 4 increased from 31.2% in 2013 to 35.8%.

      Students scoring in the partial proficiency level and above also climbed from 66.9% in 2013 to 69.6%.

      For the ELA, students in Syracuse scoring at proficiency level 3 or higher remained flat at 8.5%. Students statewide are faring slightly better in the ELA, moving from 31.3% for 2013 to 31.4%. Those scoring in the partial proficiency level and above rose as well, from 69% in 2013 to 70%.

      You can read the full report here.

      What does it all mean? It looks like slowly, but surely, students statewide are starting to grasp the new Common Core curriculum a little better than the first year of implementation.

      SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher said of the test results, "I am encouraged to see New York State students trending in a positive direction as we continue to implement the higher Common Core standards. Parents, teachers, school leaders, and community partners should be proud of the progress we are making, but our collective efforts must continue in order to deliver the best possible results for our children. As we move forward with the Common Core and work together to address current achievement gaps, these positive student outcomes will only improve.â??