Vermont schools to try new standardized tests

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

In neighboring New York, student test scores based on the new standards plummeted. And while Vermont typically rates high among the 50 states in student performance, officials don’t know how the state will do two years from now.

“Frankly, I don’t have my hopes out there that our kids are going to do better because we’ve adopted the (new standards) because they are more rigorous standards, but maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised,” said Michael Hock, Vermont state assessment director.

Officials say the Common Core standards are designed to better equip young people for careers or college; Vermont schools are making changes to prepare students for them and the test.

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