Test Scores Rise
May 20th, 2010

New York City was among four out of 11 big city school districts tested that saw its reading scores for fourth graders increase under the National Assessment for Educational Progress, or NAEP, a national test. This comes in contrast to the results for the state as a whole, which have remained level, prompting critics to say the improvements in scores on New York’s own test were more due to dumber tests than smarter students.

The Department of Education says the scores announced today indicate a narrowing of the gap between the city and the rest of the state.

City eighth graders, though, showed no significant increase in reading, continuing a trend where achievement seems to fall off in middle school. This has continued even though the eight graders who took the NAEP last year have spent virtually their entire school careers in schools controlled by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein.

As with any education number, there will no doubt be many interpretations and slicing and dicing of the data in the days to come. We’ll try to keep you posted.

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