The Common Core Promise
The National Urban Research Group conducted a baseline evaluation of New York City’s large-scale implementation of Common Core Learning Standards (Common Core). As an early adopter, New York State is the second, only behind Kentucky, to administer standardized grade-level assessments aligned to the Common Core. If the 2013 Common Core math assessments are sensible proxies for grade-level expectations, then too many students in the New York City public school system are not prepared to meet the rigorous learning benchmarks. This is particularly the case for black students, Hispanic students, and students living in poverty.