- The high stakes attached to test scores in city schools will tend to lead to gains, because of excessive test prep, narrowing of the curriculum, and even cheating, rather than real learning. (For more on this see our blog.)
- The same testing company is still writing them and the same “experts” are in charge at the NY State Education Department as in previous years, when there was tremendous test score inflation (the state intends to switch vendors next year.)
- Even if the exams were perfectly constructed and scaled, the city's gains are so small as to be likely statistically meaningless.
There's a short clip of my views in last night's Fox-TV news story here.