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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

CCSSO Executive Director Issues Statement on NY Results

Contact:Olympia Meolaolympia.meola@ccsso.org202-336-7071

Washington, D.C. (August 12, 2015) -- Today, New York state released the results of its Spring 2015 assessments in mathematics and English language arts. This is the third year New York has administered assessments in grades 3-8 aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Chris Minnich, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), released the following statement:

"New York has been a leader in raising the bar for all students to better prepare them for college and careers. We see consistently across the country that this is hard work, and one year's scores do not tell the complete story. I am encouraged to see New York's commitment to reach these higher academic standards and ensure students gain the skills and knowledge they need to be successful after high school. This year-end assessment is an important measure but just one measure parents, teachers and policymakers can use to see the progress all children are making and identify areas to address in the coming year."

New York and Kentucky were two of the first states to administer improved assessments aligned with Common Core State Standards. This year is the first year the majority of states will be releasing results from assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards, or similar college- and career ready standards, setting a new baseline in their state for student achievement. Missouri released its results on August 11, and West Virginia plans to release its results today.

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The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.