Archive for May 20th, 2005

20th May

First Published in The New York Sun, May 20, 2005

By Andrew Wolf

We are experiencing the downside of mayoral control of education. The results of a high-stakes test have become mixed into an even higher-stakes endeavor: electoral politics.
Upon assuming control of the schools nearly three years ago, Mayor Bloomberg asked that he be held accountable for their performance. That is why there is so much hoopla over the increase in the fourth-grade test scores and why there are so many questions raised by his political opponents over those results.
Did the scores really go up by nearly 10 points, or has the test or grading been made easier? Has the test-taking population been manipulated in such a way to skew the results?