How New York’s Tougher Standards and Tests Improved My School

The 74 Million

Students are benefiting from the rigor of New York’s education standards. Even those who once fell behind are experiencing better outcomes, writes Lisa DiGaudio, a principal in Brooklyn. The gains validate the value of high-quality assessments and better professional learning for teachers. The higher expectations promote collaboration among teachers and outline a clearer progression of learning for students. Changes proposed by state leaders will “help to avoid disruption to classrooms and teachers, and they represent a positive step forward for schools and districts,” DiGaudio adds. “We should not move away from all of the important work that educators across the state have spent years working on.”

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