The Malloy Administration may be keeping the “Lid On Mastery Test Scores,” but in New York, politicians are already vying for credit after “New York City public school students show slight gains in math and reading tests.”
According to a story in the Daily News, “city public school students showed slight gains in state test results released Tuesday. Overall, 47% of third- through eighth-graders passed the 2012 reading exams, up from 44% last year.”
Mayor Bloomberg led the self-congratulations effort claiming, “(the results) are not only a celebration of our students but also our parents and educators, who work day in and day out to bring out the best in them…If this doesn’t put a smile on everyone’s face, I don’t know what will.”
Bloomberg added, “I think we can do better and we will continue to do everything we can to ensure that every single New York City student graduates ready for college and the working world.”
Interestingly, the was no mention whether officials in New York use the technique former Hartford superintendent of schools Steven Adamowski used when he shifted nearly 10 percent of the lowest performing students off the Connecticut Mastery Tests thereby making it appear that test scores were up during his tenure.
Readers may remember that Bloomberg, another big-time “education reformer,” reportedly provided Michelle Rhee and StudentsFirst with a large personal donation that helped pay for the television ads that were run last Spring in support of Governor Malloy’s “education reform” plan.
StudentsFirst also ran an ad after the bill passed thanking Governor Malloy for his outstanding leadership. See http://www.studentsfirst.org/blog/entry/new-ad-says-thanks-to-gov.-malloy-for-putting-kids-first
Meanwhile, back in New York, Bloomberg failed to mention that nearly three dozen questions on the New York Standardized Tests had to be eliminated after they were deemed to be “confusing, poorly translated or unanswerable by students at a particular grade level.”
In addition, the Daily News reminds its readers that a “series of questions stemming from a reading comprehension passage about a talking pineapple was also discarded.”
Pearson, the major standardized testing corporation that has also worked extensively in Connecticut was, once again, responsible for developing and scoring New York’s standardized tests.