Yasmeen Khan is an associate producer covering education. You can find her stories on the air and on SchoolBook.org, WNYC’s education website.
Families, the day has come. Nearly three weeks after the state released test scores for school districts across New York, students can now see how they fared on the first-ever tests for third through eighth graders that were aligned to harder learning standards.
Parents can see individual scores starting Monday morning by logging on to the ARIS Parent Link website with a student ID number and password. They can get help with the process through information sessions at public libraries this week.
The city's education department has guidance for parents on how to understand the scores, and the state has posted examples of test questions and a description of what each performance level, ranging from Level 1 to Level 4, means.
State and city education officials have cautioned that the test scores, which deemed less than a third of New York City students proficient in math and English, are meant to set a new baseline and should not be compared to previous scores.
"We have explained that the results do not mean schools taught less than last year or that students learned less than last year," said John King, New York's education commissioner, in a memo to educators.
Parents can use SchoolBook's chart below to see how their child's school as a whole performed on the tests. Check out your individual school pages for updated info and data by using the Find + Compare tool. And share your thoughts about the test scores below.