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Common Core Blamed for Plunge in New York Standardized Test Scores

Teachers worried they'll be targeted... because it doesn't look like they're doing their jobs

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The release of New York state test scores showing steep plunges in mathematics and English/language arts proficiency from last year has state officials and educators grappling with the growing influence of the common core on standardized-test performance.

Education officials in the Empire State say this year's scores, released Aug. 7, on tests aligned for the first time to the Common Core State Standards, give schools a more accurate and honest picture of whether students are being adequately prepared for both postsecondary studies and the labor market.