Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Several schools in Central New York welcomed students back on Tuesday.
Among those schools that opened their doors were the Fayetteville-Manlius, East Syracuse Minoa, and Marcellus school districts.
Educators throughout the region are hoping to be better able to prepare students for new curricula that was launched last year.
They say the summer has given teachers and staff time to revamp and review their curricula tailored to the new Common Core testing standards.
During the 2012-13 school year, controversy erupted among the state’s districts. Educators said they did not receive the information in time to prepare their students.
They claimed the state was rushing them to administer tests that their students could not be ready for.
As they had anticipated, scores were lower statewide, but school leaders are hoping that some of the adjustments they made over the summer will pay off.
"We're anxious to see the difference in what happens with the teaching this year in relation to the tests when they come around next year,” said North Syracuse Central School District Interim Superintendent Annette Speach.
Speach says North Syracuse is trying to balance budget constraints while helping some students get the extra help they need in adapting to the new tests.
The new tests are meant to prepare students for college and raise the standards, which district officials and educators say they fully support.