Archive for October 4th, 2002

4th October

First Published in The New York Sun, October 4, 2002
By Andrew Wolf

The city’s Department of Education has fired the company that prepares and scores its reading tests, a move that should come as no surprise. The relationship between CTB/McGraw Hill and the city has been troubled in recent years. In 1999, a miscalculation on scoring a group of tests resulted in thousands of students being ordered to summer school and a number of superintendents being removed — one of them, Robert Riccobono of Brooklyn’s District 19, was dumped from his post and then had to be rehired when the scoring error was discovered. In a similar vein, Department of Education officials now believe that scores on the 2001 sixth grade reading tests were too high and that scores on this year’s seventh grade reading tests were too low. Considering that last year’s sixth graders and this year’s seventh graders are for the most part the same children, the officials may well have a point. (more…)