June 2nd, 2009

Bloomberg, Klein and Weingarten Celebrate Gains in Mathematics

sesamestreetNYC public schools just announced statewide test results, and proudly reported significant gains in mathematics — 82% of 3-8th graders passed the test, up from 74% and 57% three years ago. (Statewide, 86% passed this year, 81 last year; national scores will not be released until the fall).

The test results brought unanimous praise from Mayor Bloomberg, schools Chancellor Joel Klein and Teachers’ Union head Randi Weingarten–leaders not known for always agreeing on the issues.

There are some critics, however, who claim that better performance and higher pass rates in testing doesn’t necessarily indicate an increase in competence, and that far too many NYC students are still entering the CUNY system needing remediation in math and writing as college freshman. But the gains in the achievement gap — the scores of Black and Hispanic students versus those of white students — were welcomed as good news.

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