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Have Thoughts On The Common Core? Air Them At BU Tonight

Parents and community members will have a chance to share their opinions on New York’s Common Core standards tonight. Binghamton University is hosting one of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s regional public forums.

The forum is the first presence in the Southern Tier for Cuomo’s Common Core task force. Cuomo created the task force in September, following a massive spring boycott of state tests. It launched just after State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia started her own effort to review the standards. Elia is also serving on the governor’s panel.

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NY 3-8 Test Scores Post Slight Gains, Southern Tier Lags Behind

Results are out from year three of New York’s Common Core tests. Students showed some progress in math, but not much change in English. The state hailed these results as progress, but in the Southern Tier the outlook is a little more complicated. Statewide Gains

State Education officials admit there’s plenty of room for improvement on the Common Core-related tests, but they praised a seven percent increase in math scores since 2013. The percentage of students passing the English exams remains stuck at around 31 percent.