Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Bloomberg's Promotion Policy Approved

Last night, the DOE's Panel for Education Policy voted to adopt new promotion standards for 7th graders in New York City.

New York Times article here, Newsday article here, and the Daily News write up here.

It sounds like there weren't too many objections, although some protesters at the meeting did criticize the increasing reliance on tests to measure student achievement. It seems like Bloomberg's promotion changes (previously for 3rd and 5th graders) have been accepted by most people (in fact, fewer 3rd and 5th graders have been held back under the new rules as a result of increased funding and test preparation), although we won't know the impact of the decision to test the 7th graders until next spring.

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