Updated: 08/14/2014 5:11 PM
Created: 08/14/2014 4:53 PM WHEC.com
By: Brett Davidsen
Are local students making the grade? The state education department released the results of the controversial Common Core tests Thursday afternoon. This is year two of these assessments and it really is the first chance for educators to compare apples to apples.
In looking at the results, it reflects progress, especially in math. For the city school district, the superintendent was encouraged, but not satisfied.
For the Rochester City School District, the results were up slightly, but still lowest in the entire state.
Rochester City School Superintendent Dr. Bolgen Vargas said, “There are pockets of success but that's not what the district is all about. The district is about every child."
According to the state education department, in math, statewide, 35.8-percent of students met or exceeded the proficiency standard up from 31.2-percent. In the City of Rochester, a jump from 4.8 to 6.8-percent. Syracuse and Buffalo were also up.
In the ELAs, statewide the number was essentially flat at 31.4-percent. Rochester was up just a tick to 5.7-percent. Syracuse and Buffalo were also flat.
Dr. Vargas said, “We saw some encouraging numbers particularly in math. We definitely have a long way to go but we're headed on the right path."
State education leaders also lauded the progress being made, but warned it's still a transition period and will take time to reflect on the tests.
Commissioner of Education John King said, "I think the overall picture here is one of statewide progress but clearly much more work to do."
The new, tougher standards were ushered in last year. Since then, there has been a growing revolt over the tests and their implementation.
Opposition to Common Core in New York has led to petition drives, protests and even efforts to create a new ballot line for the November elections.
Eventually, teacher evaluations will be tied to student performance on the Common Core tests.
Rochester Teacher's Union President Adam Urbanski says any progress is the result of extended learning opportunities and teachers going above and beyond. “What you're witnessing really is the result of the extra effort that teachers have made despite the impediments."
If you want to see how your child's school district did in this year's Common Core testing, click here.