Critics cry ‘grade inflation’ at NYC schools as students pass without meeting standards

New York Post | 6/29/2019 | Staff
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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.

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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.

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But only 7 percent of those kids passed the ELA exams, the data show.

Some education advocates politely call it “grade inflation.”

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But critics brand it “grade fraud,” because rosy report cards may camouflage failure.

“Mayor de Blasio’s educrats have created the illusion of learning, and thus rob tens of thousands of students of the knowhow that they need to succeed,” said Deroy Murdock, a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research in Manhattan, who blasted the practice as “Mathgate.”

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Yet the city Department of Education dismisses the disparities.

“It’s apples and oranges to compare students’ classroom grades over the course of a full school year with their performance on a two-day state exam,” said DOE spokeswoman Miranda Barbot.

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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...
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