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Schoolbook

Change in Admissions Rules Muddles NYC Middle School Search

Monday, October 06, 2014

State test scores won't count as much as they used to in middle school admissions. The change means dozens of the city's top middle schools are devising new formulas, and fast.
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Schoolbook

Chancellor's New Rating System Puts Her Mark on City Schools

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Chancellor Carmen Fariña's overhaul of school report cards replaces former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's data-driven approach with a more qualitative system.
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Schoolbook

Fewer NYC Students Make the Grade for Gifted Programs

Friday, April 04, 2014

One thing has not changed: many more children were eligible to be in a gifted and talented program than there are spaces.

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Schoolbook

Parents: Get Informed, Not Anxious About Test Scores

Monday, August 26, 2013

One father advises parents to remain calm when they look up their child’s state test results, slated to be available Monday on ARIS. "Your child has not become a lot less (or more) competent in just one year, no matter what the score says," he says.

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State Test Scores for Students Now Available

Monday, August 26, 2013

Families, the day has come. Nearly three weeks after the state released test scores for school districts across New York, students can now see how they fared on the first-ever tests for third through eighth graders that were aligned to harder learning standards. 

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Schoolbook

Note to Test Designers: Bad Questions are not the Same as Hard Questions

Thursday, August 22, 2013

A teacher who proctored the fifth-grade state tests this spring says they were hard but not for the reason people may think.  The test were hard, she says, "because they were poorly designed, with little connection to the work that students should be doing in school." Ouch.

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Schoolbook

Students Re-Take Regents Exam After City Loses Box of Essays

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A box of student essays, written as part of the Regents English exam, went missing shortly after the Department of Education took it for scanning and scoring by an outside contractor. On a rainy August Wednesday, about 80 11th graders returned to school to re-take the test.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Why the Test Scores Tanked

Thursday, August 08, 2013

New York adopted more stringent standardized tests this year and has the big drop in scores to prove it. Beth Fertig, contributing editor for Education, WNYC Radio and Schoolbook.org, looks at the results, why federal education officials are satisfied with them and what they mean for Bloomberg's legacy and for the next mayor.

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Schoolbook

Explaining the New, Lower Scores

Thursday, August 08, 2013

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.

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CHART: See How Your School Performed on State Tests

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Want to know how your school survived this year's plummeting test scores? Find and compare scores here.

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Schoolbook

Fewer than One Third of New York City Students Pass State Tests

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Test scores for New York City students plummeted this year, with 26.4 percent of third through eighth graders passing the English tests and 29.6 percent passing the math tests. Education officials tried to allay concerns, saying the tests created a new baseline that better reflects what students need to thrive. 

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Schoolbook

After 12 Years of Bloomberg, Data Reigns in the Schools

Thursday, July 11, 2013

It’s no surprise that a mayor who built his fortune developing a computer system that gave the financial industry access to immense amounts of data would apply a technocratic approach to government. But Michael Bloomberg’s belief in data changed the entire conversation about public education in New York City by focusing on tests like never before.

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Radiolab

The Voices Inside You

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Where would we be without the voices in our heads? To get at this question, Charles Fernyhough raises another: can children think before they have words? According to Fernyhough, a Russian psychologist named Lev Vygotsky developed a theory about how the words and voices we hear as kids turn from ...

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Schoolbook

Top 12 Testing Snafus

Monday, June 24, 2013

The testing industry has swelled since the No Child Left Behind Act required all states to measure performance with standardized exams. With the rapid growth have come errors, large and small, including last week's scanning issues that delayed the scoring of the June Regents exams. WNYC, with the help of the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, compiled a list of the top 12 testing company errors since 1999. If you know of any others worth mentioning, let us know!

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The Brian Lehrer Show

City on Common Core Testing

Friday, April 12, 2013

This year's state tests for grades 3-8 will reflect new Common Core standards. Shael Polakow-Suransky, New York City's Chief Academic Officer, discusses next week's testing and the concern about the change.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

SchoolBook: High School Admissions

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Parents and students find out NYC High school admissions on Friday. Beth Fertig, WNYC's education reporter and contributor to SchoolBook, discusses the effect of tutoring and test prep.

 

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Schoolbook

Teachers Tell Parents to See Test Scores as 'Snapshots'

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

After the release of statewide test results, schools are drilling down on their individual performance data. We sought teachers' views on how to put this year's results into context.

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Schoolbook

Question of the Week (Decade?): Are Charter Schools Better?

Friday, July 20, 2012

Are charters really doing a better job educating the city’s public school students than the traditional public schools? That was the question of the week, after state test scores came out on Tuesday showing not only far greater proficiency in English and math by third through eighth graders who attend the city’s charters, but also far more improvement this year.

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Schoolbook

Modest Rise in City Test Scores

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

UPDATED | The scores posted by about 440,000 students in third through eighth grade in New York City, who took state proficiency tests in April, showed that 60 percent passed the statewide math tests, compared with 57 percent last year. But fewer city students showed proficiency on the English exams, though the results improved from last year: 47 percent of students achieved proficiency compared with 44 percent in 2011, according to the state Education Department.

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Schoolbook

Report Finds Student Performance on State Exams Remains Consistent

Thursday, July 12, 2012

An independent analysis of individual student achievement on state English exams found that a majority of New York City's public school children are not improving, but rather are holding steady from grade to grade.

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