Third-graders in the Bronx learn how they fared on the standardized exams
Third-graders in the Bronx and city learned their fate Thursday as the results of the standardized English and math exams were released by the Department of Education.
The Department of Education created four levels of achievement in scoring the exams. Four is the highest score and one is the lowest. In order to be promoted to the fourth-grade, students need at least a score of two. According to the Department of Education's results, 11,700 students failed to score above level one.
Schools Chancellor Joel Klein said overall the number of students who scored higher in English and math has increased. The Department of Education is not going to release what the actual scores are for each level leaving some to be skeptical of the results.
Jane Hirschmann, of Time out for Testing, says, "We have to know the cutoff scores." She believes that if the chancellor does not release the scores then he is hiding something.
Not all of the 11,700 third-graders who failed will be left back. They can now appeal or attend summer school to retake the test.