By Claudio Iván Remeseira | Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013, at 6:50 p.m. ET
Only 26% of New York City 3rd-to-8th grade students passed the standarized test for reading and only 30% of them approved the math test, according to figures released last week. The difference in performance between those attending public or chartered schools is not significant, but the racial achievement gap is: Just 15% of blacks and 19% of Latinos met the state's proficiency standards in math, compared to 50% of whites and 61% of Asian Americans. In English, 16% of both black and Latinos passed the test, compared to 47% of whites and 48% of Asians. These results constitute all-time lows for New York's African American and Hispanic elementary school students. In an op-ed published by the Daily News, United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrave blamed the Bloomberg administration and its rush to implement the state's new Common Core curriculum for these poor results. "While teachers — many of whom helped create the new Common Core —
support the new standards, the decision by the state and the city to
rush them through has made the situation much worse," wrote Mulgrave. Read more at Racialicious.