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.
Gains in Test Scores Seen Across NYS
Monday, June 01, 2009
New York, NY —
New York State's Education Department plans to release the math scores today for this year's tests in grades three through eight. As WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, the results could affect Mayor Bloomberg's bid to retain control of city schools.
REPORTER: The law that put the mayor in charge of the public schools expires at the end of June. Legislative leaders seem to favor keeping the current structure with some adjustments to give parents more input. Opponents of mayoral control complain that communities aren't consulted when schools are opened and closed, and that there's too much focus on test preparation.
Supporters say the current structure is more streamlined and has led to higher test scores. Sixty-nine percent of city students met the state standards on this year's English Language Arts exam. That was an 11-point gain over last year. But scores were up throughout the state, prompting a debate about what role Bloomberg's reforms really played. Today's math scores are sure to add to that debate. For WNYC I'm Beth Fertig.