Beth Milne is a past member of the 50CAN team. 

Today we released an analysis of New York State assessments for grades three through eight. Significant decline in scores confirms the bar for success was set too low.

Click here to read the full analysis of the 2013 New York State Assessments for grades three through eight.

These results, while hard to hear, confirm what colleges, employers, educators and parents have known for some time – that the bar for success was far too low, and as a result too many students have completed high school unprepared for what comes next. We must redouble our efforts to ensure that the bar is high and that students have the tools they need to meet it.

Highlights from our analysis include:

  • 33.8 percentage point decrease in math and a 24 percentage point drop in English-language arts.
  • 16.1 percent of black students are proficient in ELA and only 15.3 percent are proficient in math
  • 18.9 percent of low-income students scored proficient or above in ELA and 20.6 scored a proficient in math.
  • In math, charter schools are outperforming Buffalo, Syracuse, Yonkers and Rochester by at least 15 percentage points.


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