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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Daily News Calls NAEP Scores A "Stunning Blow" To Bloomberg's Education Legacy

Two sets of reality on the latest NAEP scores.

First, here's how the DOE trumpeted the results:

Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott announced today that scores for New York City students on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) have improved significantly on three of the four math and reading tests between 2003 and 2011. This year’s results – released as part of the Nation’s Report Card: Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) Reading and Mathematics 2011 – show that since 2003, New York City public school students improved an average of eight points in 4th grade math, six points in 8th grade math, and seven points in 4th grade reading—all statistically significant increases that mirror or exceed trends seen across the nation. Also since 2003, the gap between black and white students in New York City has narrowed on all four exams, and on all four since 2009.


“By the ‘gold standard’ for measuring academic progress, our students have made impressive gains since 2003—especially compared to their peers across New York State and the nation,” said Chancellor Walcott.

Now here's the Daily News article on the same NAEP results:

In a stunning blow to Mayor Bloomberg's legacy on education, new national exam results show the city's math and reading scores have flatlined since 2009.

Eighth-grade reading scores have stagnated since 2003, when the Bloomberg administration reforms first took effect.

There's also been no significant improvement in the percentage of eighth-graders who tested "proficient" or above in math, the scores released Wednesday show.

Well, if there have been significant gains, these are due to the magnificence of Mayor Bloomberg, former Chancellor Klein and Chancellor Walcott and all the other folks at Tweed.

And if there have been problems, these are due to all the bad teachers in the NYC schools and the evil union that protects them and the evil NAACP that sues to keep the mayor and the DOE from closing "bad" schools.

There you have it - Bloomberg, Klein, Walcott, Tweed are good.

Teachers, teachers unions and community groups that push back on Bloomberg policies are bad.

Public education in NYC in a nutshell.


  1. The Daily News editorial pages today praise the results, Mort and the boys cannot get enough of the mayor and Tweed. The data shows the reform for what it is the biggest fraud in education in the nations history. That is Bloombergs legacy.

  2. The DoE spin and lies on this story are over the top. Anyone else paying attention or care that Bloomberg has failed one million children of NYC?

  3. "And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed-if all records told the same tale-then the lie passed into history and became truth. 'Who controls the past' ran the Party slogan, 'controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.'"
    - George Orwell, 1984, Book 1, Chapter 3