Beth Fertig is the contributing editor for education, covering the New York City public school system for WNYC on air and online at SchoolBook.org. She has covered education in the city for more than 15 years. Beth is the author of Why cant u teach me 2 read? Three Students and a Mayor Put Our Schools to the Test (FSG Books) which grew out of a radio series on the low graduation rate for special education students. Follow her @bethfertig.
Bloomberg, Klein Defend Math Reforms
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
New York, NY —
New York City students made no significant progress on their national math exams. But the Bloomberg Administration says that doesn't mean its reforms have stalled. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.
REPORTER: Fourth grade scores were flat and eighth grade scores went up just slightly on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. But Schools Chancellor Joel Klein says it's more important to look at the long run because scores went up consistently between 2003 and 2007. New York City also once again performed better than the average for large cities. But even with these gains Black and Hispanic students continue to score, on average, 25 to 35 points behind whites - a gap that hasn't changed since 2003.
There was also a huge discrepancy between how city students scored on the national and state exams. More than 80 percent of city elementary and middle school students passed the New York State math exams this year. But only 35 percent of fourth graders were proficient on the national test, and just a quarter of eighth graders. The state has pledged to raise its standards. For WNYC I'm Beth Fertig.