Student test scores remain steady, despite changes to Core Curriculum

Published on Monday, November 18, 2013

TestingIn a recent presentation to the State Board of Education, Education Commissioner Chris Cerf reported little change from last year in student test scores, despite the move to Common Core State Standards.

On the elementary and middle school tests, known as NJASK, about 67 percent of all students had shown proficiency in language arts and 75 percent in math. There was a slight improvement in language arts, and a small decline in math from the previous year.

On the high school test, currently required for graduation, there was also little change: 94 passing in language arts and 85 percent in math last year, both slight increases from 2012.

Nationally, New Jersey continues to remain in the very top tier when looking at SAT scores, Advanced Placement tests, and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the exam given nationwide to a sample of students in each state.

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