Today’s Daily News letters section contained the following rebuttal to Mulgrew’s piece:
Manhattan: It is astonishing that in a single sentence, United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew can disparage New York’s Common Core-aligned state exams as a farce, and praise the National Assessment of Educational Progress as reliable (“The better tests N.Y. kids deserve,” Op-Ed, May 18). In reality, both tests tell the same dismal story about the proficiency of our schoolchildren. On the most recent NAEP exams, given in 2013, just 37% of New York State fourth-graders scored proficient in reading, 40% in math. Among eighth-graders, 35% tested as proficient in reading and 32% in math. In New York City, where Mulgrew’s union holds sway, the results were even worse. Can he truly believe those are acceptable numbers — even if city kids have, in his words, shown “modest but generally consistent gains”?
Eva Moskowitz, Success Academy Charter Schools