Give Credit Where Credit is Due
Aug 03, 2016 | 9774 views | 0 0 comments | 203 203 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Students across New York saw massive improvements in their test scores this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced last week. It's time to take a moment away from politicizing our schools and say “thanks” to teachers.

Despite all the political fighting over mayoral control, whether or not Common Core should be implemented and how it would be, or even if the final test scores would count towards teacher ratings, the schools put their collective head down and focused on educating.

They let the politicians fight pettily over our children's future, while they made a difference in the classroom.

For schools, it's the steady improvements that's impressive. This year's test was different, with more time and less questions, but that shouldn't matter, because the students still show more proficiency in what they learned. Isn't that the ultimate goal?

Those who criticize the better scores because of the easier test are missing the point. This isn't supposed to be a video game on the hard setting, but about what the students ultimately take away. No educator will tell you that it's better if you can plug in the quadratic formula in one minute instead of five.

Anyway you slice it, the percentage of students reading at grade level increasing 44 percent in the past three years is a good thing.

And the city even rose on a more precipitous incline than the state in both reading and math, so comparatively, they're in great shape.

So for our teachers, thank you and enjoy your summer because you earned it. Through hard work and dedication, you helped students overcome a stacked hand against them and still helped them achieve better than ever. The future of New York City's students is in good hands.
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