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August 1, 2016
City’s top education officials claim victory after big increases in English test scores
The city’s top education officials celebrated historic gains on state tests Monday.
December 18, 2015
Here’s what you need to know about the latest teacher evaluation changes
The Board of Regents voted Monday to suspend the use of state test scores in teacher evaluations for four years. Here's what that means for educators.
August 18, 2015
Testing spikes and nosedives: What does it all mean?
With dozens of Tennessee schools logging double-digit test score gains and losses this year, a Vanderbilt researcher warns against drawing quick conclusions.
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July 16, 2015
In Denver, big swings in some schools’ scores, even as district follows state trends
DPS scores on science and social studies assessments track state trends, but some schools are thriving while others struggle.
May 26, 2015
Rise & Shine: Tracing Colorado schools’ transition to Common Core
May 6, 2015
Schools could earn fewer A’s next year under proposed state board rule changes
Schools could have a harder time earning A's beginning in 2016 if the Indiana State Board of Education approves new A-to-F grading rules Thursday.
March 22, 2015
One school at a time, one child at a time, impact of school closures goes beyond budgets
While one of the stated goals of closing underperforming schools is to boost test scores, research suggests that the opposite often happens for students who are moved.
November 20, 2014
Chancellor Fariña implies some charter schools boosting scores by pushing out students
Chancellor Carmen Fariña expressed concerns about charter schools in the past, but comments she made Thursday were perhaps the most provocative she has lobbed at the charter sector since taking over the school system.
August 18, 2014
Rise & Shine: Displaced Shelby County teachers sue for job placement
August 15, 2014
Ten top 10s from New York City’s 2014 test scores
City test scores inched up and overall proficiency remained low, but in a system with more than 1,200 elementary and middle schools, there are dozens of outliers. We pulled out some of the highest and lowest scorers and what you need to know about why they’re there.
August 13, 2014
Six things to look for in the city's 2014 state test scores
One year after the switch to Common Core-aligned tests sent the city’s proficiency rates plummeting 24 percentage points in reading and 34 points in math, observers are planning for a slight uptick, as schools have grown more familiar with the Common Core standards and the new tests. But there are still plenty of important questions to ask as the annual release approaches.
August 27, 2013
City officials hit local libraries to help parents understand scores
PHOTO: Dylan Peers McCoySamita Rahaman, an M.S. 101 eighth grader, told a city official why she hadn't been able to access her test scores. Carolina Martinez was shocked when she logged on to the city's student data system on Monday to see her daughter's fifth-grade state test scores. Sitting at a computer station at the Parkchester Library in the Bronx, with a Department of Education staff member at her side, Martinez said she saw that her daughter, Stephanie Bravo, had gotten 1's in math and reading — the lowest scores possible. The bad news came as a surprise because Stephanie had gotten much higher scores, 3's and 4's, as a fourth-grader at P.S. 106 in 2012, Martinez said, and her teacher last year said Stephanie was doing well. Leaving the library, Martinez said she didn't understand why Stephanie's scores had fallen so far. She said she hadn't heard that the state had adopted new standards, known as the Common Core, to propel students toward college readiness. That wasn't the outcome that department officials hoped for when they fanned out to libraries across the five boroughs this week for "Log On and Learn" events aimed at helping parents access and interpret their children's scores.
August 9, 2013
2013's test score takeaways, starting with what didn't change
The new tests did nothing to displace old inequities, and charter school performance ranged just as widely as other schools' performance.
August 7, 2013
At test score presentations, NYC celebrates, state stays sober
It was a tale of two press conferences. Using words like "distressing" and "disheartening," state education leaders struck a sober tone this morning at their Midtown offices to discuss this year's test scores. But at his press event a couple hours later, Mayor Bloomberg had a different take, identifying what he said was "very good news" inside the city's lower scores. The scores, the first to reflect students' performance on tests aligned to new learning standards, were far lower than in the past and suggest that less than a third of students across the state are performing at grade level. Statewide, the drops were sharpest for students who historically have struggled in school. Across the state, fewer than one in five black and Latino children are on track to graduate from high school prepared to take college courses, according to the new scores, officials said. "Perhaps the most disheartening piece of today is the persistence of the achievement gap," New York State Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch said in her opening remarks. The racial disparities in reading test scores across all grades, Tisch added, "reveal the really daunting, daunting challenge."
August 7, 2013
Shock, suggestions, and silver linings in test score reactions
Just as soon as the state's new test scores were released — and even before, in the case of mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio — reactions started flying about the sobering news about student achievement in New York. The reactions ranged from shocked (in the case of an advocate for English language learners) to constructive (AFT chief Randi Weingarten, who offered a takeaway for other states) to pleased (charter school operator Eva Moskowitz, whose schools posted high scores on the new exams). Below, I’ve compiled the complete set of reactions that dropped into my inbox today. I’ll add to the list as more reactions roll in.
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