Today the state test scores from last spring were released, revealing that only 20% percent of eligible NYC students in grades 3-8 took the exams, as many were engaged in remote learning and parents had to opt in for their children to take them. Thus the results were more meaningless than ever. Even so, a 64% of students tested "proficient", a higher percentage than in years past.
Below is testing expert and critic Fred Smith's rendition of a NYC press release, a parody of the nonsense that regularly comes out of the Mayor's office and DOE in a usual, non-pandemic year.
This afternoon, Mayor de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Porter
announced the results of the 2021 ELA and Math Tests.
They cast a positive light on New York City's performance.
The chancellor said that since the Common Core tests began in
2013, this year's results had reached new heights of irrelevance.
"This shows how good leadership and dedicated teachers and principals can bring us to a new level, despite the challenges we have faced.
I want to thank the mayor for the support he has given us.
Chancellor Carranza, my predecessor, deserves some of the credit too."
The Mayor seemed particularly gratified and attributed this year's success to the seeds planted by his Universal Pre-K program.
"I would say that anytime we make strides, even if they lack
meaning, is a good time."
Power point charts were made available to the media providing the
usual breakdowns. As expected, New York did better than the Big 4