Reaction this morning is pouring in on what was generally known 24 hours ago: Test scores under the new Common Core standards are uniformally way down over last year.

Comments from the teachers union, school boards officials and superintendents is hitting on a general theme: Don’t blame the students, blame the rollout of Common Core.

That, of course, could be extended to urging the public not to blame teachers or the leadership at schools across the state as a whole who were working under the new educational guidelines for the first time this year.

A district-by-district breakdown of the test results can be found here.

Meanwhile, there is also some criticism of the implementation for the new standards.

From the School Boards Association Executive Director Tim Kremer:

It is important to recognize that student achievement did not go down; instead, standards went up. The state realigned exams to more closely mirror the knowledge and skills that students will need to succeed after high school. We can use this year’s results for comparisons in future years. School boards continue to support more rigorous learning standards. At the same time, we all must acknowledge that there were implementation issues surrounding New York’s adoption of the Common Core.

The state United Teachers union also hinted at problems over implementation, adding students and teachers faced “numerous setbacks” when it came to Common Core, said President Dick Ianuzzi:

As New York state moves forward toward an effective transition to the Common Core, parents and educators are counting on a solid, thoughtful implementation plan that provides the appropriate time, professional development and resources needed to achieve the high standards that all of us – parents, teachers and policymakers – want and are committed to achieving. This is how New York state can get it right.”

The Council of School Superintendents urged the public to look at the scores as a new baseline, and acknowledged the challenging implementation schedule as well.

“This implementation schedule created challenges. Some resources that would have been helpful to teachers a year ago have only recently been made available by the State Education Department. Also, while adapting daily instruction this year to match the Common Core, school leaders were also mandated to develop and implement complex and demanding procedures for teacher and principal evaluations.