20 Nov
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School Corruption?

This was taken from citiesonahill.org.

An Election Year Education Miracle

Education expert Sol Stern takes a look in the latest issue of City Journal at the magic jump in test scores at PS 33 in New York, a school in one of the poorest parts of the Bronx, where 100% of the students qualify for free lunch, which last year had an unheard of 50 percent election year jump in reading scores. While the mayor held a press conference at the school to tout the incredible gains, he’s been unable to explain what he called an “historic” and “record-breaking” improvement.

And this year, the same students have suffered an equally historic collapse–of the 87% of last year’s fourth graders who read at or above grade level, only 47.5% have managed to achieve the same standard as fifth graders.

Principal Elba Lopez isn’t around to explain—after collecting a $15,000 bonus for her incredible work last year, she promptly retired, having boosted her pension by some $12,000 a year for life.

It’s time for an explanation and an investigation; we’ll see if either is forthcoming.


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  • I remember something similar happened in CT back in the 90s – they went back to the tests and discovered teachers had changed student answers.

  • Does anyone have any information about or know of what groups oversee the education system and its unions in New York City?

  • Steven Levitt has a great chapter in his book Freakonomics that dives into the inconsistencies of student test scores. Basically the chapter is about cheating teachers. The statistics he uses to prove it, is exactly what you’re referring too. One year the students do great and then you see a big drop the next year.

    If you haven’t read Freakoncomics, you’re missing out on a great book.

  • I’m all for standardized tests, but one of the shortfalls is that some teachers cheat on them, either by changing students scores or by providing them with advance copies.

    School districts definitely need to be on the lookout for cheats, though even when they do find them, the teachers union makes it almost impossible to fire them. I remember one school district had to spend big money fighting the union to remove a teacher who sexually assaulted a student.

  • How come my teachers never cheated on my behalf???