Statement from SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher on State Assessment Results

August 14, 2014

"I am encouraged to see New York State students trending in a positive direction as we continue to implement the higher Common Core standards. Parents, teachers, school leaders, and community partners should be proud of the progress we are making, but our collective efforts must continue in order to deliver the best possible results for our children. As we move forward with the Common Core and work together to address current achievement gaps, these positive student outcomes will only improve.

"Challenging our students and educators to higher, more comprehensive standards of education is the most effective way to ensure that we are preparing today's youth not only for each next step in their educational journey but for successful careers after college. This is what we need to do to keep the United States competitive in the 21st-century global economy.

"The results announced today show that our efforts are working, and so we must stay the course. SUNY will continue to engage with our K-12 partners across the state and reaffirm our commitment to working with them as well as New York's business, government, and community leaders to collectively improve student access, completion, and success from cradle to career.”

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