New York

Rise & Shine: New York City students see their pass rates fall on state Regents exams

Alex and Reema reported on Tuesday that 17 struggling city schools have improved enough on New York metrics to avoid extra state oversight. But several of the schools are still chronically low-performing and need to improve, according to State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. All of the schools also remain in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Renewal program, which was designed to help schools rapidly improve but has struggled to deliver on that promise. The mayor has said the program’s fate will be determined later this year.

Students in New York City also saw their pass rates on the state’s math and English Regents exams fall, although state officials say the results were owing to the tests becoming harder.

Nikole Hannah-Jones, the journalist who has taken to Twitter this week to sharply criticize parents who oppose the plan to eliminate the SHSAT for the city’s specialized high schools, wished these same parents could hear the students who spoke at a Teens Take Charge forum on Monday about the admissions process. Reema pulled together their comments so everyone could hear what the students had to say in their own words.

— Sara Mosle, New York bureau chief

STILL STRUGGLING, LESS OVERSIGHT Seventeen New York City schools will no longer be subject to extra state oversight, but many of them remain low-performing and need to improve. Chalkbeat

SCORES FALL City students saw their scores slip on the state’s Regents math and English exams, which some describe as harder. The New York Daily News

ELEVATED VOICES Students, whose views have become a charged subject in a debate over the SHSAT, share their perspectives in their own words. Chalkbeat

A JOB FOR THAT Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza is increasing the number of Career and Technical Education programs in the city’s schools. The Queens Gazette

INTEGRATION CHALLENGES The city of San Antonio has pursued integration in its schools but has found it’s not lifting all boats, according to one in-depth examination. The Hechinger Report

PARTNERING UP A new organization is trying to get local school board members from different cities across the country to work together, using similar strategies, toward specific goals. Chalkbeat

OPINION Democrats in the New York state legislature should continue to support charter schools, argues one charter leader. Lohud