NYC Reading Scores Up

Friday, May 21, 2010

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.

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Comments [1]

shadeed ahmad

It's nice to see that reading scores for fourth graders have went up on a state level. However, it amazes me that with New York City continually being called the most sophisticated city in America the children lag behind much of the country. There is too much hype and not enough concentration on "reading" the reality of our children's preparedness for competing with the rest of the nation, let alone the world. Hype is sickening. Let's not develop children who are tripping off of having been educated in New York City and then find that they ultimately end up being ridiculed, with good reason(s). The political agendas of New York City and New York State are preparing children who will not be able to read between the lines of future political double talk, despite educators noble efforts to educate.

May. 22 2010 06:44 AM

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