New York students get ready for math standardized tests

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - New York students in grades three through eight will take their state math assessment tests starting Wednesday.

Earlier this month, students in those grades took the English Language Arts tests, and many parents in the area refused to let their students take them.

But Howard Mettelman, the district superintendent of Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES says overall, those tests went well.

The math and English class curriculum have become more rigorous with the roll out of Common Core, and the superintendent says the tests and students scores will reflect that. He also says taking the tests now will pay off for the students later.

"In New York, we still have regents exams, and these are high-stakes tests students need to graduate," Mettelman said. "These assessments are also helping them prepare for the rigor of those assessments. If you practice, you get better at it."

When students took these tests for the first time last year, scores fell by a landslide, with only 31 percent marking proficient in math and ELA. School officials are hopeful the scores will improve as the years go on.

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