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Beth Fertig

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

How A Massive Power Outage Sent People Out In The Street

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Ten years ago, a tree on a power line in Ohio touched off the largest outage in U.S. history. In New York City, many people were so relieved it wasn't another terrorism attack that in some places, a carnival atmosphere prevailed.

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Explaining the New, Lower Scores

Thursday, August 08, 2013

On WNYC's Brian Lehrer show, we talk about the new test scores and why proficiency rates fell so drastically. Does the falloff represent a blow to Mayor Michael Bloomberg's education legacy? What do the new Common Core learning standards really demand? Were the tests too hard, as some teachers claim? And why did white students in New York City performs so much better than white students on average in the rest of the state?

We've also updated our school score tracker to include New York City charters.

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Facing Lower Test Scores Bloomberg Administration Takes Long View

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

New York is now the second state in the country to see its math and reading scores tumble following the adoption of more difficult tests for grades three through eight. The percentage of New York students considered proficient in math and reading was cut almost in half.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his education officials appealed for calm as they called the scores a new "baseline" from which the city can evaluate student performance going forward.

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Obama Official Gives Cover to New York Ahead of Test Score Release

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

With anxiety mounting before the release on Wednesday of results of New York's tougher new math and reading tests, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan urged parents and educators to put the scores into context by seeing them as a new "baseline" from which to build.

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City Teachers, Principals Brace for Low Test Scores

Monday, August 05, 2013

Principals started getting test scores for their schools Monday, but they are not allowed to discuss the results before the state and city release them publicly on Wednesday. Nonetheless, word is spreading among anxious teachers and principals that the scores really did go down. One person close to the school system called it a "bloodbath."

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Union, Chancellor Square Off on Eve of Test Score Results

Sunday, August 04, 2013

With New York State poised to publicly release the results of this year's tough new math and English exams on Wednesday, the teachers union and the Bloomberg administration are each laying the groundwork for how to explain what's widely expected to be a huge drop in scores and the fingerpointing has already started.

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It's OK to Open that Fire Hydrant... But Just a Little Bit

Friday, August 02, 2013

In a hot summer day, for those far from the beach, or a lake, there is always the fire hydrant. But open hydrants waste water and make it hard for firefighters to do their jobs. That's why the city is trying to get more people to take advantage of a safer alternative that allows them to open hydrants just a little.

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It's OK to Open that Fire Hydrant... But Just a Little Bit

Friday, August 02, 2013

In a hot summer day, for those far from the beach, or a lake, there is always the fire hydrant. But open hydrants waste water and make it hard for firefighters to do their jobs. That's why the city is trying to get more people to take advantage of a safer alternative that allows them to open hydrants just a little.

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Mayoral Candidates Support More Arts Funding for Schools

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Fourteen candidates for New York City mayor took turns fielding questions from WNYC hosts Leonard Lopate and Kurt Andersen on Tuesday night about how to support the arts during a tough fiscal climate.

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Principals Expect to Appeal More Regents Scores

Monday, July 29, 2013

New York City principals should get the results from their students’ Regents exams this week, and many are expecting to request a re-scoring because of errors with a new scanning system. 

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Chief Academic Officer Says Tests Don't Always Count Most

Monday, July 22, 2013

Read and listen to Beth Fertig's interview with a top New York City education official who defends the use of test scores while arguing that the city successfully has expanded efforts to use more qualitative data when it makes big decisions about the city schools.

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After 12 Years of Bloomberg, Data Reigns in the Schools

Thursday, July 11, 2013

It’s no surprise that a mayor who built his fortune developing a computer system that gave the financial industry access to immense amounts of data would apply a technocratic approach to government. But Michael Bloomberg’s belief in data changed the entire conversation about public education in New York City by focusing on tests like never before.

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A Timeline Journey Through the School System Under Bloomberg

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

See the key events from the tumultuous past 12 years in the New York City public school system. We begin when Mayor Michael Bloomberg won mayoral control from the state in 2002 and included the highs and the lows until the recent past. New schools, shuttered schools, charter schools. New tests, new contracts, more money, money lost. Anything you want to add? Share it in the comments section below. 

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Former Chancellor Says Mayoral Hopefuls Lack "Courage"

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Former New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein said he doesn't see a lot of courage among the candidates vying to replace Mayor Michael Bloomberg, according to a speech he is scheduled to deliver Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

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Concerns with Regents May Lead to More Appeals

Friday, June 28, 2013

Although nearly all of the Regents exams have been scored, following glitches in a new scanning system, some will be graded again because families and educators have appealed the results. There are widespread concerns that the recent technical problems led to incorrect results for some students.

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Stuyvesant Grants Honorary Diploma to Student Who Died

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Two years after she was fatally struck by a car while riding her bicycle, Aileen Chen was given an honorary diploma by Stuyvesant High School during Tuesday’s graduation ceremony.

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Bloomberg's Small Schools Legacy

Thursday, May 30, 2013

A key component of Mayor Bloomberg's education policy has been to break up big high schools into smaller more focused schools, housed together in the large buildings. Beth Fertig, contributing editor for education, WNYC Radio and Schoolbook.org, talks about one specific example and the overall policy, plus other education news.

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WNYC Presents: STEM is the New Space Race

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

5:00 PM

WNYC’S SchoolBook hosts a conversation about innovations and challenges in the growing field of STEM education. Watch on-demand video here.

Open Phones: How did the ELA Common Core Tests Go?

Friday, April 19, 2013

Middle schoolers have just finished three days of English Language Arts testing. Teachers and parents: call in and tell us what your studentand children thought about the new Common Core-aligned exams. How did the experience compare to last year? What did they tell you or what did you see during the test? Beth Fertig, Contributing Editor for Education for WNYC Radio and Schoolbook.org, joins us to take your calls.

            

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SchoolBook: High School Admissions

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Parents and students find out NYC High school admissions on Friday. Beth Fertig, WNYC's education reporter and contributor to SchoolBook, discusses the effect of tutoring and test prep.

 

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