Archive for May 23rd, 2003

23rd May

First Published in The New York Sun, May 23, 2003

By Andrew Wolf

This week, the city’s Department of Education released the scores on the fourthgrade and eighth-grade reading tests administered by the state, and the news is not good for Schools Chancellor Klein and Mayor Bloomberg. Scores, at least for the fourth grade,went up by a respectable amount. Put in the context of the upward movement since 1999, it seems that the strategies advanced by two former chancellors, Rudy Crew and Harold Levy, are, at least to some extent, working.

This takes some of the edge off Mr. Klein’s oft-repeated refrain that the system isn’t working. The impressive fourth-grade figures certainly raise the bar for him come next year, when he — and Mr. Bloomberg — must assume responsibility for the instructional programs that will be in place by September.
Particularly impressive this year are the fourth-grade results in the Chancellor’s District, established by Mr. Crew. The schools in this district were among the most chronically
low-performing in the city. It is clear that, at least for the fourth grade, the experiment was a success.