Fourth grade reading scores in New York City went up four points on a national reading test. That's considered a significant gain compared to other large cities.
New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg noted that low income students did especially well. "For the first time those who receive free and reduced lunches are outperforming such students both in the rest of the state and the rest of the country," the mayor said.
But even with the improvement, only 29 percent of city fourth graders were proficient on the 2009 national test. The state tests are considered much easier. Sixty-nine percent of fourth graders were proficient on that. Some advocates say this is why there should be national tests and standards. But New York State says it's making its exams harder.