Archive for April 5th, 2005

5th April
2005

First Published in The New York Sun, April 5, 2005

By Andrew Wolf

We live in a society that demands instant information. Before the last ticket is sold Sunday evening, we know which film had the highest gross over the weekend. Before the last of the leftover turkey is consumed after Thanksgiving, analysts have already evaluated pre-Christmas retail sales. And it seems to me that our mayor made a lot of money during a previous career putting instantaneous information on the desks of those working in our financial markets.

Living in a world of huge technological advances, one would think that it would take almost no time to grade the test papers of the children in our school system. But that isn’t the case. It takes weeks to generate test results on the city’s standardized tests. The state is even slower at marking its exams. There are still no results for the 4th Grade English Language Arts test administered two months ago, or the 8th Grade ELA administered in mid-January. (more…)