Why New York Isn’t Celebrating Higher Test Scores

Oct 9, 2018 by

In nearly every district, students did better on the annual math and reading exams. But comparing the results with previous years’ is almost impossible.

It is a big question without an easy answer: Are New York’s students improving in reading, writing and math?

Last spring, 950,000 third- through eighth-graders across New York State took standardized English and math exams. Across the state, they seem to have done better.

In New York City, scores jumped by about 6 percentage points in English and about 5 points in math — meaning just under 47 percent of city students passed the English test, and about 43 percent of students passed the math exam.

But instead of trumpeting the results, the state’s Department of Education delayed releasing them for six weeks. And then, in announcing them Wednesday, the department cautioned that the exams cannot be measured against previous tests and should be considered a new baseline.

Source: Why New York Isn’t Celebrating Higher Test Scores – The New York Times

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