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Kings Park district to host Common Core forum

Kings Park High School at 200 East Main

Kings Park High School at 200 East Main St. houses students grades 9 through 12. It is the only high school in the Kings Park Central School District. (June 27, 2012) Credit: Fran Berkman

The Kings Park School District plans to host a “roundtable” tomorrow night to inform parents, staff and board of education members about the implementation of Common Core standards and instructional supports for students to meet those standards.

The meeting, to be held at 6:30 p.m. at Kings Park High School before the regular board meeting, also will allow attendees to ask questions and offer suggestions, officials said.

Superintendent Susan Agruso, speaking at a board meeting last month, compared the more rigorous Common Core curriculum to shorter, younger children being expected to play regulation basketball.

“All of the content of the game, all of the skills to play the game, you develop over years as you yourself are getting bigger and bigger and bigger and better able to meet the standards of professional basketball,” she said. “Well, Common Core standards are a little bit like that, except the little kid has to meet the regulation basket now — before they have the years and years and years of practice and development.”

The roundtable follows last month’s release of state test results for grades 3-8. Last year’s tests were the first based on the Common Core curriculum.

More than 126,000 Long Island students scored below proficiency on state math tests this year, compared with fewer than 51,000 in 2012. More than 122,000 students received subpar scores on the latest English tests, compared with fewer than 68,000 in 2012.

“We all want our students to do well,” Agruso said at the board meeting. “We will all agree with you that when it came to giving those tests last year, it was much too fast, a lot quicker than any of us think was appropriate, and it really would have been nice if the state had just given us another year or two to work with our students to better prepare them and have everybody ready to make those baskets.”  

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