New and much more difficult standardized tests will be administered to students in grades 3-8 this spring to align with the implementation of the Common Core national learning standards. These tests will require students to tackle questions requiring deeper thinking and analysis that are up to two grade levels more difficult, according to a story on NY1 yesterday.
Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott agree that scores will drop significantly this year. "We've said that we expect scores to go down," Walcott said. "We just don't know to what level. I mean, this is going to be a tough, tough test."
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