WOW....This is possibly the worst thing I've read in a LONG while. And that comes from a mom with a sixth grader in NYC's public school system. My son did extremely well on the new Common Core testing, but many of his best friends -- those NOT lucky enough to be enrolled in the Giften & Talented program (e.g., mostly black and Latino kids) in his same school did poorly. The two tiered system is alive and well and will continue to diverge, thanks in large part to enconomic gulf.
To the author: If you truly want to help the kids who floundered on this recent round of testing, try addressing the root causes of why they are lagging: Homelessness (22,000 kids are sleeping tonight in NYC shelters); poor nutrition (use of food banks continues to set new record highs each month); lack of access to pre-K education and support. It's pretty hard to concentrate on reading, writing and arithmatic when you are hungry and have been bounced from shelter to shelter. Why do you think most of the school Mayor Bloomberg has slated for closure have the highest rate of enrollment of homeless children and those eligible for food stamps?
To the editors of "GOOD" -- this reactionary-type of nonsense is EXACTLY what I DON'T need to find on your usually great website. TRULY DISAPPOINTING. Why not have Diane Ravitch write something grounded in reseach?