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Walcott Gives Advice on Reviewing Students' Test Scores

Monday, August 26, 2013

On the same day that parents of New York city public school children can see how their child performed on this year's state math and reading tests, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott gave this bit of advice to WNYC's Brian Lehrer show listeners about comparing this year's scores to last year's: "It's not a fair comparison because these scores represent a new higher, tougher standard.

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About Those New State Exams: Questions for a Testing Expert

Friday, August 16, 2013

Daniel Koretz teaches educational measurement at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education which means he knows a thing or two about standardized tests. He was also a member of a technical committee that led New York State to decide its old exams were too easy, and that the state needed to raise its standards. In an interview, excerpted here, he offered suggestions for how to interpret the results.

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Wealthy Districts Outpace Poor on State Exams

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Despite test scores going down throughout New York, the gap between rich and poor remains when it comes to student performance.

“The districts that are lower-needs districts significantly outperformed the other districts in the state,” said State Commissioner of Education John King at Wednesday’s press conference in Midtown.

 

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Facing Lower Test Scores Bloomberg Administration Takes Long View

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

New York is now the second state in the country to see its math and reading scores tumble following the adoption of more difficult tests for grades three through eight. The percentage of New York students considered proficient in math and reading was cut almost in half.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his education officials appealed for calm as they called the scores a new "baseline" from which the city can evaluate student performance going forward.

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Obama Official Gives Cover to New York Ahead of Test Score Release

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

With anxiety mounting before the release on Wednesday of results of New York's tougher new math and reading tests, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan urged parents and educators to put the scores into context by seeing them as a new "baseline" from which to build.

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City Teachers, Principals Brace for Low Test Scores

Monday, August 05, 2013

Principals started getting test scores for their schools Monday, but they are not allowed to discuss the results before the state and city release them publicly on Wednesday. Nonetheless, word is spreading among anxious teachers and principals that the scores really did go down. One person close to the school system called it a "bloodbath."

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Union, Chancellor Square Off on Eve of Test Score Results

Sunday, August 04, 2013

With New York State poised to publicly release the results of this year's tough new math and English exams on Wednesday, the teachers union and the Bloomberg administration are each laying the groundwork for how to explain what's widely expected to be a huge drop in scores and the fingerpointing has already started.

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Concerns with Regents May Lead to More Appeals

Friday, June 28, 2013

Although nearly all of the Regents exams have been scored, following glitches in a new scanning system, some will be graded again because families and educators have appealed the results. There are widespread concerns that the recent technical problems led to incorrect results for some students.

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WNYC News

Scores Stagnate in NYC on National Tests

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

New York City's public school students showed no significant gains on national exams in math and reading this year, despite showing gains in previous years.

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WNYC News

Charter Schools Post Higher Test Scores, Largely in Math

Friday, August 12, 2011

New York City charters schools once again performed better than the citywide average on this year's state exams. But that's largely because of the gains in math.

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WNYC News

State Test Scores Flat, City's Rise After Another Year of Tougher Exams

Monday, August 08, 2011

Test scores statewide in math and English for elementary and middle school students remained flat while scores in the city increased a few percent points.

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