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Scores on the new standardized tests used by the city dropped dramatically when compared to scores from last year, but some of the city’s most vulnerable populations — minorities, English-learners and special education students — experienced some of the harshest drops.
According to the Annenberg report, schools with the highest concentration of special-education students saw a 64% decrease in reading scores and 72% decline in math scores. Those with the most English-language learners dropped by roughly 70% in both reading and math.
Black and Latino students suffered a 56% decrease in reading scores and more than a 60% decrease in math scores from 2012 to 2013, according to the report.
English and math scores plunged in the South Bronx and other districts, but new Common Core study materials to help students prepare for the tougher tests will be delivered to schools this fall, officials said.
Despite launching several reforms to close the achievement gap, like Mayor Bloomberg’s Young Men’s Initiative, city education officials acknowledged that minority group students and other vulnerable populations will likely do worse when harder standards are implemented.
“Anytime you raise standards, the achievement gap for our neediest students gets bigger,” said Shael Polakow-Suransky, the city Education Department’s chief academic officer.
But officials vowed that scores would improve with the overhaul of lessons and test prep.
Since 2010, the city has spent $233 million to help prepare kids for the tougher exams, with more money going to teacher training, tutoring services and classroom materials.
More than 1 million books and classroom resources linked to the new Common Core standards will arrive by the first day of school Sept. 9, officials said.
Still, districts that have been struggling for years took the biggest hit — showing they don’t have the proper resources to make sweeping changes so that next year’s results are better, critics charged.
“We knew it was going to be bad, but not this bad,” said Love Andujar, who has two children at schools in District 7 in the South Bronx. “Almost all of the children here need special help.”
District 7 had the biggest drop in scores citywide, with a 64% drop in reading scores and 75% drop in math scores from 2012 to 2013.
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Carpenters claim continued harassmentCarpenters, BOE settle contract buyout Amber Pittmanapittman@covnews.com Local school administrators Dennis and LaQuanda Carpenter will be paid nearly $70,000 following the Newton County Board of Education’s unanimous decision to release the couple from their contracts early. There was no official comment as to why what is essentially a contract buyout was required, but a position statement claiming continued harassment of the Carpenters was given to the board prior to a final agreement being reached. Dennis Carpenter is the deputy superintendent of operations for the school system and recently accepted the job of superintendent for the Hickman Mills C-1 School District in Kansas City, Mo., while LaQuanda Carpenter is the principal of Alcovy High School. The couple is expected to move to Missouri soon. In the settlement, the Board of Education agreed that the Carpenters would each rec…