Test scores for New York City students in Grades 3-8 rose slightly in results released today, even as the rest of the state posted slight declines.
“All of our students, teachers and principals should be very proud of their progress and the fact that we continue to raise achievement levels and outpace the rest of the state,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a statement. “But as much progress as we have made, we know we have much more work to do. We are fully committed to ensuring that all of our students are prepared for a successful future.”
The percentage of New York City students meeting the State’s bar for proficiency increased from 54 percent to 57.3 percent in math and from 42.4 percent to 43.9 percent in English. Plus, New York City was the only of the major urban school districts in the state that saw increases in both subjects. :Last year, the annual tests were revised and made both more challenging and longer, and testing results in the city and around the state fell as a result.
“This is real proof that when expectations are raised, our students can rise to the occasion,” said schools chief Dennis Walcott. “It’s a model we plan to follow across the board – with higher standards in our curriculum, graduation requirements, and accountability measures for schools – to ensure our students are on track for success in college and careers. New York City students and families should be proud of their continued progress, even with these tougher standards for success.”