Archive for June 6th, 2003

6th June

First Published in The New York Sun, June 6, 2003

By Andrew Wolf

Many of the plans advanced by Mayor Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Klein depend on the data provided by highstakes tests. But can Messrs. Bloomberg and Klein — not to mention the public — depend on these scores and the way that they are currently disseminated and analyzed?

Our school system has stumbled into a Balkanized system of testing. The State of New York administers tests in the fourth and eighth grades in English and math. The city gives its own, entirely different tests in the third, fifth, sixth, and seventh grades. This makes tracking the progress of individual children as they proceed through the system quite difficult. That the city is using a new testing device this year — one from Harcourt Educational Measurement, rather than the CTB/McGraw Hill test previously used — makes things even more complicated. (more…)