Friday, June 17, 2005
Test scores aren't so rosy in Queens
With Bloomberg asking voters to judge him on his education record, test scores this year have sparked a lot of debate. Democratic mayoral candidate (and speaker of the City Council) Gifford Miller is attacking Bloomberg over the mayor's education record. Bloomberg has been all smiles over increases in language arts and math test scores in city public schools for 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th graders. It's hard to know if things are actually improving with all the spin and politics, but nothing has changed (or it has gotten worse) at the middle school in Queens where I work. Only 75 8th graders will be graduating this year, while the remaining 220 or so will be in summer school. The school has to open up a new floor at its summer building to accommodate them all. Most failed the city math test. It must have been a terrible day yesterday when most of the 8th graders were told they couldn't get their cap and gown for graduation.