“New York City’s failing district schools have cost 133,000 children their academic futures.
According to a new study reported in the New York Daily News, one-third of city students who have taken state math and English tests during Mayor de Blasio’s time in office have received the lowest possible score — a Level 1 out of 4. Almost all of these children are low-income children of color.
When students score a Level 1, it means they are not learning to read or do math. As a result, once third-graders score a ‘1’ on their state exams, they’re almost always stuck at that level for the rest of their academic career. In 2015, 70% of the fifth-graders who had previously received a 1 on their third-grade exams scored at this level yet again. This pattern was repeated for eighth-graders taking the 2015 math exams, with 70% of the students who received a 1 on their fifth-grade math tests remaining at that level.”