Test Scores; Title IX on Campus; Changes in Suburbia

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Thursday, August 08, 2013

Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, left, and Education Commissioner John King release 2013 state test scores. (Beth Fertig)

New York State raised standards on 3rd-8th grade exams and predictably, test scores sank. WNYC’s Beth Fertig explains why federal officials are happy with them and what this means for Mayor Bloomberg’s legacy. Plus: voter turnout and how to register to vote; The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights investigates treatment of sexual assault on college campuses; Noam Scheiber of The New Republic on the end of big law; changes in suburbia; and changes with teenagers – a new survey shows fewer teens are getting drivers’ licenses. 

Why the Test Scores Tanked

New York adopted more stringent standardized tests this year and has the big drop in scores to prove it. Beth Fertig, contributing editor for Education, WNYC Radio and, looks at the results, why federal education officials are satisfied with them and what they mean for Bloomberg's legacy and for the next mayor.

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Who Votes, Who Doesn't, and How You Can Change That

There's a big deadline coming up: August 16th is the last day to register to vote in this Fall's primary. We discuss various ways to increase turnout, and how you can get registered to vote.

  • In a first-ever on-air experiment, Brian Lehrer Show producer Jody Avirgan helps one of our listeners, Dylan Fareed, register to vote in NYC. All of the tools and info you need to register can be found on our guide here.
  • Anna Sale, WNYC politics reporter, talks about her reporting and mapping of voter rates - not just turnout - in NYC, and what various groups are doing to reach non-voters. See the map below. Listen to Anna's piece here.
  • And New Tech City host Manoush Zomorodi discusses how the city and other groups are using technology and mobile apps to register voters and get out the vote. Help out with New Tech City's hackathon survey.

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Title IX and Campus Sexual Assault

Alexandra Brodsky, writer for and organizer of Know Your IX, a legal education campaign against campus violence, talks about the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights' Title IX investigations into the treatment of sexual assault cases at colleges. 

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The End of Big Law

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Changes in Suburbia

Leigh Gallagher, Assistant Managing Editor of Fortune Magazine  and author of The End of Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving (Portfolio, 2013), explains why since the recession more Americans are opting out of the suburbs for car-free city life. 

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No Time for Driving

Alex Goldmark, reporter for WNYC's Transportation Nation, talks about the latest survey to show fewer teens are getting licensed to drive. 

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