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I agree with josh karan, above. These tests may be useful for measuring certain things, but I don't think that they measure the impact of mayoral control. It's a mixed bag. I love the parent coordinator but I hate the way the ball was dropped on special education for YEARS. Klein and Bloomberg have the attitude that it's just growing pains and there will be glitches and get over it. But three years in the life of a 6 year old is not a glitch. The attitude from City Hall is really dismissive. I think that we have to make sure they are forced to listen to other voices, even if they are eventually still in charge.
Thank you Beth Fertig for your long-term and thorough reporting on the city's schools.
Just wanted to ask your guest if she is any relation to my 8th grade teacher back in 1959, whose last name was Fertig (don't know his first name), at the elementary parochial yeshiva Chaim Berlin? He was the BEST teacher I ever had and is wholly responsible for raising our reading levels from 8th grade to high school junior level. He made us read (or attempt to read) some 20 senior high school level books, but otherwise gave us a great deal of latitude in choosing what we wanted to discuss and learn. He was a fantastic teacher for many of us.
In my district, DIstrict 6 in northern Manhattan,a primarily Hispanic district, the DOE has also reported that 70% of 8th grade students are not meeting State standards in science, and 84 % are not meeting State standards in social studies.
So, if students are both illiterate in science and civics, what is the meaning of any purported gain in math and reading scores.
Coupled with the greater gains in Buffalo, forgive me if I do not give any credence to these test score reports.
The tests are marked very fluidly- much open to interpretation.
will this end the call to privatize schools?
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