Rome City School Superintendent on Standardized Test Scores

By Statement from Jeffrey Simons, Rome School Superintendent

The Superintendent of Rome City Schools released the following statement on the release of standardized test scores for New York State:

"Districts across the state anticipated that the percentage of students meeting proficiency on last year's state tests would be very low.
The state is establishing a new baseline to measure students progressing towards much higher standard of proficiency in Mathematics and English Language Arts.

"The Rome City School District wants to make sure that parents understand that scores their child received on last year's test cannot be compared to previous years. To do so would be like comparing a runner's time in the 100-yard dash last year to his/her time in a 15K road race this year," Superintendent Jeffrey P. Simons said.

"The tests represent a different set of tasks and are using different measures to determine scores. The state has also changed the interpretation of the 4 scoring levels. Students scoring at level 2 are considered to be meeting basic standards.

"The district will be reviewing the results with school principals and teachers to inform our strategic planning committee. I am appreciative and supportive of the state's efforts to raise standards for students. However, more support and direction for principals, teachers, students and parents was needed prior to the implementation of the new tests. Schools were not provided with sufficient time and resources to transition to the curriculum upon which last year's tests were based.

"This placed our students and teachers at a significant disadvantage. The New York State Education Department (SED) also implemented too many changes in a condensed period of time.

"Moving forward, the district has allocated significant resources to teacher professional development and curriculum improvements to ensure results improve. The district has also adopted common core curriculum modules provided by SED for implementation during the 2013-14 school year. Hundreds of teachers have participated in summer training this year.

"I anticipate that given our new starting point, scores will increase each year moving forward."

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