by Noelle E. C. Evans
A national assessment shows that average test scores for elementary students across the country are down since 2019, but New York state schools saw an even steeper decline.
This comes just as districts grapple with looming expiration dates of COVID-19 relief funds.
An assessment called the Nation’s Report Card shows that the average test scores of fourth-graders in New York state had dropped at twice the national average from 2019 to 2022. The same assessment showed that eighth-graders in the state performed better than the national average in math and showed no change in reading scores during that time period.
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said it is urgent that students who are behind in assessments get the help they need to get on track with their learning.
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