If Michael Mulgrew's crystal ball prediction for better english and math test scores comes true, Mayor De Blasio and the UFT President will have a lot to celebrate in 2014-2015. At a time when De Blasio has made a major commitment to education, primarily early childhood education, this prediction couldn't come at a better time as the Mayor seeks to defend his strong commitment to public school education. This news was just reported today in The Staten Island Advance (August 12). For more on this story visit http://www.silive.com.
United Federation of Teachers president Michael Mulgrew predicts that city test scores on state English and math tests will be up slightly this year, added The Advance today. The New York Daily News added in its coverage today that "pass rates for state reading and math exams that city students took last spring will likely inch up slightly but still be astonishingly low, according to teachers union estimates."
According to The Daily News The United Federation of Teachers estimated 28% of the city’s third- through eighth-graders will be reading at grade level on the 2014 exams, which are tied to the state’s new Common Core academic standards — up two points from 2013 pass rates.
Around 33% will be able to do math on grade level, the union projected — a three-percentage point increase from the 2013 rates, states the article. For more on this coverage in The Daily News visit http://www.nydailynews.com.
“There should be some improvement over last year in the percentages meeting standards on both tests, since teachers and students were more familiar with the types of questions and because curriculum based on the Common Core was in wider circulation,” the union said in a statement, according to The Advance.
"In a memo to union members, Mulgrew, a Staten Island Oakwood resident, predicts scores on the reading and writing exam will jump two points to 28 percent, and math scores will jump three points to 33 percent from last year," added the report today..
The scores are for tests that students took in April and May of this year. The New York State Education Department is expected to release the scores before the end of the month.
Educators at home for summer vacation, this bodes well for the new 2014-2015 academic year. Now let's hope that Mulgrew's prophesy comes true! Staten Island teachers and parents do you think that Mulgrew and the UFT are correct in this prediction for better math and english scores in schools next year? Let us know your opinions and feedback. Examiner would like to know.