State tests in New York are now aligned with Common Core Learning Standards, holding students to higher standards.
Jim Sampson, a member of the Buffalo Public School Board of Education, argues that such higher standards will help prepare students to succeed in the 21st century economy:
New York’s Common Core Learning Standards are designed to teach skills and knowledge students need to succeed. These test scores mark a realistic baseline that teachers and parents can use to provide more support to students on their path to college and career readiness. We all have a role to play in helping students succeed.
As school board members, we must set a vision and strategy for excellence in student achievement in the district. We must make decisions that prioritize our students, while also making our decisions transparent to the community. As a community, we must raise our expectations for our students and the school district. Through our combined efforts, we can ensure that students reach their full potential and are prepared for college and careers.