New York City public school students in grades 3 through 8 made gains on the annual math and English exams, the city said Tuesday.
This year's tests were longer: 6 more English questions and 12 to 16 more math. But despite that, scores are up for every grade and almost every group of kids.
The good news: The number of New York City kids who passed state reading and math tests are up.
The bad news: The numbers still aren't all that high. Only 47 percent of 3rd through 8th graders are proficient in English and 60 percent are proficient in math.
For traditional schools, English scores are up 3 percent from last year, math scores are up 2.7 percent.
Charter school improvement is better: up 7 percent in English and 3.5 percent in math.
The only group to drop was English Language Learners.
Critics point out that the city has a long way to go and that there are still questions surrounding the validity of the company that administers the test. Several questions had to be thrown out on the spring exams because they were found to be confusing.
In fact, next year could be a different story with the scores. The tests will be harder due to new state standards. The city expects the test scores to reflect that.