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In wake of brutal tests, schools react

State waives some remediation; districts adjust focus

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Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES Superintendent Patrick Michel called the first round of Common Core standardized testing a blood bath. “Some of my districts were 90 percent un-proficient,” he said, “most were better, but none of them did well.” Those tests were conducted in April, shortly after the new Common Core was implemented. Recently, the scores came in with 70 percent of students testing below proficient in math and English statewide — that’s up from roughly 30 percent ...

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