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The New York Daily News is reporting that three days ago NY State Education Commissioner John King warned principals that the results could be disastrous, and suggested they use the scores ‘judiciously‘ when making firing decisions. State education officials will drop a bomb on thousands of city kids and parents Wednesday when they release scores.
“Scores come out on Wednesday and are expected to be significantly lower than the 2011-’12 scores,” he wrote. This year, for the first time, the tests were tied to national standards known as Common Core.
“People are freaking out at Tweed (NYC’s Educational Headquarters),” said the agency official, who asked to remain anonymous. “They’re trying to find a way to spin the scores so it doesn’t look so bad.”
The teachers union released a report Friday predicting just how steep the drop would be. According to the report, the percentage of elementary school students who meet standards will decrease by 19 points in reading and by 28 points in math. The middle-school grades will drop 14 points in reading and 22 points in math. The results are expected to be significantly worse for black and Latino students.
But a REAL teachers union president Michael Mulgrew ripped the results as more evidence of Bloomberg’s failed education legacy. “Education was always a numbers game to Mayor Bloomberg, but the numbers are turning against him,” said Mulgrew. “He never understood that real learning means more than endless test prep, and kids and schools are paying the price for his failed policies.”