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Radio Rookies Surprises Danielle With A Graduation Ceremony at WNYC

Tuesday, July 01, 2014


Radio Rookies hosted a surprise "graduation" ceremony for 2014 high school graduate Danielle Motindabeka at WNYC. Current and past Radio Rookies from as far back as 2004 came to celebrate along with New York Public Radio staff. 

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Radio Rookies

Radio Rookie Danielle Finds Out Her Regents Exam Results

Thursday, June 26, 2014


Radio Rookie Danielle Motindabeka reported this week that she was taking the US History Regents exam for the fourth and final time. It's the one thing standing in the way of her getting her high school diploma. Danielle went to find out her results.

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Opinion: Chancellor Should Take a Stand on Field Testing

Friday, June 06, 2014

An opponent to high-stakes testing challenges NYC leaders to oppose the use of students' classroom time to field test questions for future exams. 

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State Measures Positive Growth for Teachers, Even With New Tests

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect that the city released the growth scores after getting them from the state.

Even though fewer than 30 percent of the city's elementary and middle school students were proficient on their state math and reading tests, state data indicate that 89 percent of city teachers would have received good ratings if student growth alone was a factor in their evaluations.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Chancellor Walcott on Test Scores; Public Advocate Candidates; Back-to-School Football

Monday, August 26, 2013

Schools chancellor Dennis Walcott discusses this year's lower standardized test scores and takes your calls. Plus: Public advocate candidates Cathy Guerriero, Letitia James, Reshma Saujani and Daniel Squadron each make their case; and The New York Times sports columnist William Rhoden discusses whether or not football is too dangerous for high school.

The Empire

State Department of Ed releases "stubbornly flat" standardized test scores

Monday, August 08, 2011

The New York State Department of Education just released the May 2011 test results for math and English and the results aren't great. The average English scores have dipped from last year while math remained about the same. Last year the state upped the proficiency requirements, making the tests more difficult.

"While the majority of students statewide met or exceeded the state’s proficiency standards in both math and ELA, overall performance remains low and the gaps in achievement persist," the department said in a released.

52.8 percent of grade 3-8 students across the state met or exceeded the English proficiency standard, down from 53.2 percent. last year. 63.3 percent met or exceeded the standard in math, up from 61 percent last year.

The mayor is scheduled to release the city's results later today, but there are clues in the statewide numbers that indicate less-than-stellar results, especially among non-white populations. Only 35 percent of black students across grades 3-8 met the English proficiency standard, compared to 64.2 percent for white students. That 30-point gap was also present in math, where only 44 percent met or exceeded the standard in math. The numbers weren't much better for Latino students--37.3 percent for English, 50.2 percent on math.

There was good news for New York City, which saw both math and English scores rise from last year: 43.9 percent for English--up 1.5 points--and 57.3 percent on math, an increase of 3.3 percent overall.

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