ALBANY, N.Y. August 15, 2013 — New York State United Teachers President Karen E. Magee released the following statement on test scores released Thursday by the State Education Department:
"While we are certainly pleased to see scores rising, parents and teachers know that students are more than a test score. These scores present a very limited picture of what happens in classrooms day in and day out, and amount to just a superficial snapshot of the teaching and learning that is taking place. They serve as another reminder that the state rushed the implementation of the Common Core and the accompanying testing before the appropriate supports and resources were in place. In addition, these scores once again remind us of the unacceptable achievement gap that remains. The best way to close that gap is not through more testing, but to provide additional resources to high-poverty communities where the scores show that many students continue to struggle."
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New York State United Teachers is a statewide union with more than 600,000 members in education, human services and health care. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.
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