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Scores released this week for students in grades 3 through 8  by the state education department were significantly lower than years past.

Parents, teachers, students and districts contend there were not enough resources or time to prepare for the first year of Common Core Curriculum exams. The data shows that students in rural districts lagged state averages.

New York spends over $19,000 per student (as cited here by the Ithaca Journal) – tops in the nation, according to U.S. Census data -- which makes some wonder if New York should have done better on the test administered in all but five states.

Batavia Superintendent Chris Dailey tries to put the scores into context…

“It gives us knowledge of where our students were at one point in time last year," he said. "It’s one piece of data that we will use to lead into our goals for this coming school years for each individual student as well as each grade.”

Dailey says the district is investing in its teachers to get accustomed to the Common Core exams.

Thirty-one percent of students in elementary and middle school statewide were proficient and math and reading, compared to rural areas which were 23 percent in English and 19 percent in math.

Education Commissioner John King calls the scores a baseline for the future and will not affect teacher performance evaluations this year.

Click here to see information for your child's district or grade: http://bit.ly/1czWc0h

Click here to see a power point presentation from the Batavia City School District with more information: http://bit.ly/14sOEr4

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