Mayor de Blasio Announces Gains in State Test Scores

Mayor de Blasio Announces Gains in State Test Scores
Mayor de Blasio speaking about the improvement in test scores in 2019 over 2018. Picture by Robert Press.

By Robert Press

 

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Richard Carranza cam to PS 96 in the Bronx to announce gains in the last school year's New York State test scores. The mayor said that it is the Pre K, and 3K programs that have helped to raise test scores. PS 96 Pre K teacher Marybelle Mirun introduced Mayor de Blasio, who thank her and all the Pre K and 3K teachers for giving students the needed resources to advance in the years ahead in school.

In the 2018 school year 45.7 percent of the students tested met proficiency standards in English. 

In the 2019 school year 47.4 percent of the students tested met proficiency standards in English, for a 0.7 point increase over the previous year.

In the 2018 school year 42.7 percent of the students tested met proficiency standards in math.

In the 2019 school year 45.6 percent of the students tested met proficiency standards in math, for a 2.9 point increase over the previous year. All Community School districts showed an increase in math scores.

Parents whose children were enrolled in Pre K or 3K saved up to ten thousand dollars in child care costs. Additionally the White-Black and White-Hispanic achievement gaps were narrower for students who attended Pre K compared to those students who did not , illustrating the long term benefit of the program.

Other educational items mentioned by the mayor included;

The highest-ever graduation rate at 75.9 percent of the Class of 2018.

The lowest-ever dropout rate at 7.5 percent of the Class of 2018.

The highest-ever postsecondary enrollment rate at 59 percent of the Class of 2017. 5,000 more students are attending college than at the beginning of the de Blasio administration.

The highest-ever number of New York City students taking and passing Advanced Placement exams and the SAT exam.Chancellor Carranza echoes Mayor de Blasio's words. Picture by Robert Press.