Following yesterday's release of state test scores for New York, education advocates, mayoral candidates, and more began to weigh in. While test scores dropped, including in New York City, most agreed the higher standards will help students succeed in the long run.
GothamSchools compiled a summary of the reactions, including one from Nathalie Elivert, StudentsFirstNY’s director of educator outreach:
If we aspire to provide children with a meaningful public education that will expand their range of opportunities, we must invest our energy in an honest dialogue about what these results mean, one that is not about scoring political points. The possibility presented, in this moment, will be squandered if we approach the assessment of standards based learning with fear and accusation.