Saturday, November 20, 2010

Educational Standards Below the Headline

I was reading an article in tomorrow's The New York Times today (yes it sounds weird and it was intentional) and found this blurb especially depressing:

"The public elementary school closest to the park is No. 64, at Sixth Street and Avenue B. It scored a C on its most recent city progress report, with 26.5 percent of tested students found proficient in English, 44.7 percent in math. Public School 19, on First Avenue, also scored a C; 34.1 percent were proficient in English, 56.8 percent in math.

The Tompkins Square Middle School, in the same building as No. 64, received an A, with 57.3 percent of students proficient in English, 72.8 percent in math. The East Side Community School on East 11th Street, which serves Grades 6 through 12, got an A for its middle school, with 33 percent of students proficient in English and 60.8 in math. Its high school also scored an A. In 2009 its SAT averages were 395 in reading, 406 in math and 390 in writing, versus 435, 432 and 439 statewide."

Note that: A school passes muster only a quarter of its students are proficient in English and another school is given high marks when only a third of its students proficient in English. Why are the standards so low? Why can't we expect more from them?

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