Sue is now covering grade inflation/grade fraud.
At the Science School for Exploration and Discovery, MS 244 in the Bronx, an impressive 94 percent of students in grades 6-8 passed their math classes in the 2017-18 school year.
But how much math they actually mastered is questionable.
Only 2 percent of those same Mott Haven students — nearly all Hispanic and black from poor or low-income families — passed the state math exams, which measure skills that kids should have at each grade level, according to city data reviewed by The Post.
At Harbor Heights middle school in Washington Heights, an awesome 100 percent of kids — all Hispanic — passed their state English Language Arts classes.
But only 7 percent of those kids passed the ELA exams, the data show.
Some education advocates politely call it “grade inflation.”Further down:
Now, the Queens City Councilman who recently penned a damning letter, signed by eight fellow lawmakers, calling Chancellor Richard Carranza’s racially-charged rhetoric “divisive” is urging the chancellor to take action.
“Dozens of schools have a high percentage of students passing their course work in Math and English, but a very low percentage of students meeting standards on the state Math and English exams,” Robert Holden wrote to Carranza on Friday, citing MS 244 as an egregious example.
“While I understand that these issues were present before you arrived in New York City, they need to be prioritized and taken seriously by your department,” the email reads.
Holden met with Carranza May 7 to discuss several issues, including “widespread grade inflation,” he told The Post.
More from Councilmember Holden on the consequences of grade inflation:
Holden, a CUNY professor for nearly 40 years, continues: “I saw firsthand the effect this grade inflation has on our students. I had countless students from public schools who were required to take remedial classes in Math and English while in college.”
While I think this article is more evidence that the state exams and Common Core are flawed, there is obviously something here with the widespread grade inflation.The school system is so in need of some integrity. Grade inflation is the inevitable result of Mayoral Control. Mayors need to show that the school system is succeeding so browbeating principals to direct teachers to pass just about everyone is going to be what happens. However, learning conditions that many of the kids are subjected to with high class sizes and very unsafe schools where misbehaving students rule with impunity make learning virtually impossible as is documented in the comments here on an almost daily basis.
I will save the last word here to a DOE person that not surprisingly is an anonymous DOE administrator:
“They’re inflating the grades and passing all the kids. It’s fake,” a DOE administrator said.