The number of New York students passing state reading and math exams dropped drastically this year, education officials reported on Wednesday, unsettling parents, principals and teachers and posing new challenges to a national effort to toughen academic standards. In New York City, 26 percent of students in third through eighth grade passed the tests in English, and 30 percent passed in math, according to the New York State Education Department.
Seriously. The New York school system like so many have a 70% failure rate. In an era where teachers across the board complain they they have to compromise the true value of education for teaching to the tests. In an era of unprecedented lip service to being globally competitive in education.
Time for a major rethink.