Ky. student scores drop in first common-core evaluation

The first year under the Common Core State Standards has resulted in test scores showing that numbers of Kentucky elementary- and middle-school students performing at grade level in math and English-language arts dropped by about one-third, results that were expected by educators. Kentucky was the first state operating with the common core's more rigorous curricula. "We knew the scores were going to drop, but this is the right thing for our kids, our schools," said Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday, who also said he was encouraged by the students' overall performance because it was a little better than what was forecast.

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