United Way of New York City Responds to Common Core Test Score Results, NY State DOE’s New Standards


Sheena Wright, President and CEO of United Way of New York City, Available to Comment on Socioeconomic Impact and Offers Call to Action for New York City

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, August 7, 2013    


Kamian Allen – (646) 723-4344 kamian@thetascgroup.com
David Rosenthal – (646) 723-4344 david@thetascgroup.com

NEW YORK, NY – Today, the New York State Department of Education released the results of the first Common Core Standard Assessments. As anticipated with the adoption of the new higher education standards, New York City’s results are very disappointing. Mathematics scores have dropped over 30% and English Language Arts scores have dropped over 20%. United Way of New York City (UWNYC) views the results as a call to action and has redoubled its focus on solutions to our education crisis. In its unique position to mobilize educators, families, community partners and other key stakeholders in our students’ education, UWNYC is working on a comprehensive approach to meet the increased challenges now facing our students.

“The alarming results of the Common Core Standards are a wake-up call for New York City,” said Sheena Wright, President and CEO of United Way of New York City. “The city’s education system is clearly in trouble. United Way of New York City works with innovative thought leaders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to craft and put in place meaningful, scalable and sustainable solutions. That is why United Way of New York City has launched our Campaign For Grade-Level Reading, to ensure the success of our students, their families and the communities in which they will thrive.”

There is no question that the new standards demand a fundamental shift in the way we teach and how we learn. There are opponents of the Common Core Standards who will perceive the drop in scores as justification for reversing much-needed progress. United Way of New York City fundamentally believes that higher standards will help our children get ready for a more complex and demanding world of work. It is working to ensure our schools, families and communities are better equipped to reach those standards. It is helping to mobilize our citizens to commit to our collective future, ensuring that all of our children develop the talents and passion necessary to succeed in school and compete in the global economy.

Sheena Wright is available to speak to the media about the Common Core Standards and United Way of New York City’s plan for action. Sheena is a thought leader in the areas of education, income, health and nonprofit development. Together, these key areas of focus can positively impact the future of the individuals and families of the City of New York. Sheena has been interviewed extensively in national and local TV, print and radio outlets such as NBC’s TODAY show, The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, NBC 4, ABC 7 and FOX 5.


About United Way of New York City

For 75 years, United Way of New York City has been working for low-income New Yorkers.  We help ensure that short-term needs are being met while working on long-term solutions to problems.  We envision a city in which all New Yorkers are able to achieve income stability, educational success, and good health. Learn more at unitedwaynyc.org.