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StudentsFirstNY Reacts to Common Core Standards Results

We must put children’s interests first. The issue here is not about low results, but setting a higher bar.

Nathalie Elivert, StudentsFirstNY Director of Educator Outreach and former New York City public school teacher reacts to the results of the Common Core Standards.

Nathalie Elivert, StudentsFirstNY Director of Educator Outreach and former New York City public school teacher reacts to the results of the Common Core Standards:

“We must put children’s interests first. The issue here is not about low results, but setting a higher bar. We need to move to these higher Common Core standards, adopted by forty-five states and the District of Columbia, so that our students are prepared for whatever it is they want to do after high school. Doing so gives New York State educators, parents and students a roadmap of benchmarks with more accurate diagnostic indicators of how we are doing.”

“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.”

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