Explaining the New, Lower Scores

Mayor Michael Bloomberg with Governor George Pataki  as he is given control over the NYC public schools, at PS 171 in Harlem June 2002

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.