From EAG News:
NEW YORK – Grade inflation is rampant in New York City’s (NYC) public schools, reports a new study by StudentsFirstNY.
Even though most NYC public school students are failing state tests, they are receiving passing grades for coursework at their schools, according to the authors of “The Hidden Truth: Massive Grade Inflation Conceals Underperformance in NYC Schools.”
In schools where fewer than 10 percent of students pass state tests, 85 percent of students were passing their school’s coursework, the study found. This is not only happening in failing schools; it’s true for many of NYC’s public schools, according to the report.
StudentsFirstNY is calling for an independent audit of school coursework in the city’s public schools to ensure it is teaching at correct grade levels.
“The findings of this analysis underscore why state test results play a critical check and balance function—it’s only by reviewing both school coursework and state test results that parents have the full picture of how their children are performing,” the report states.
Derrell Bradford, executive director of the New York Campaign for Achievement Now, says the grade manipulation taking place in New York City’s public schools is inexcusable.
“School districts build their myth of excellence on subjectivity and incompatibility of data,” said Bradford. “In New York City, they use the same tactics to cover up underperformance. It’s understandable if you want to dodge accountability, but it’s indefensible if what you want to do is educate kids.”
The report affirms Bradford’s assessment: “The School…