Fixing these utterly failed NYC schools should be Carranza’s main agenda
Nearly two dozen city schools can claim a perfect, though shameful, record: In at least one of their grades, not a single student passed either the state math or English test last year.
At 142 middle and elementary schools, nine out of every 10 kids failed, according to an analysis Wednesday by The Post’s Selim Algar. It’s a painful reminder of just how many schools don’t work.
Example: At Harlem’s PS 46 and The Bronx’s Academy of Public Relations middle school, every eighth-grader who sat for the math test flunked it. At Staten Island’s PS 31, only three third-graders, of 57, passed English, and just one, math.
OK, these may be the worst of the worst of 1,000-plus middle and elementary schools. But more than half of the third- through eighth-graders across the city bombed the tests. And that’s been the trend for years, even as state education officials make the exams themselves ever-easier.
No wonder the education cartel is increasingly opposed to any testing. Responding to The Post’s story, Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza told parents, “Test scores should not be the only indicator they look to.” Nothing to see here, folks.
Some of these schools spend more than $30,000 a year per kid, nearly three times the US average. So Community Education Council 1’s Yiatin Chu is right to ask: “What exactly is being taught in these classrooms?”
Kids (supposedly) spend 35 hours a week in class. “What is the time being used for?”
José Cambero, 14, offers a clue: He went to PS 46, which is plagued by bullying and armed kids, and says, “The majority of the time, the teachers spent getting us to calm down.” Mayor Bill de Blasio’s solution? Ease up school discipline. Brilliant.
Fact is, it’s up to the schools to control students and get them to learn. Instead, Carranza has focused on diversity, racism and white supremacy — anything but how to better educate kids and get more to pass the tests.
What’s needed isn’t less attention to test scores but more. And a real commitment to improving the education they represent.
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