New York is planning to reduce its minimum scores for English and math proficiency in students following what an official called a “learning loss” due to the coronavirus epidemic.
These changes are due to the fact that third- through eighth-grade tests scores fell in 2022, compared to 2019, and no eighth-grader in Schenectady (which has a population close to 70,000) was able to attain proficiency in math according to the Times Union.
Marianne Perie, co-chair of the advisory committee that reports directly to the Board of Regents of New York, stated to the newspaper, “Yes, there is learning loss between 2019-2022. But in some ways, we don’t want the backwards.”
“We are at the new normal. She added that New York’s new baseline is 2022.
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According to the Times Union, the committee is currently resetting the lowest scores on each test that will be considered proficient.
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According to Syracuse.com, 45.4% of New York’s student were graded proficient English and 46.7% in math in the overall 2019 figures.
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The newspaper reports that despite English proficiency rising to 46.6% proficiency last year, math proficiency fell 8.1% to 38.6%.
Perie said that “how much third-grade mathematics is just enough to put you into proficiency,” and described how officials are trying to find a score that is “good enough” but not too high.