NYC Schools Report: Test Scores Linked To Poverty, Attendance

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A new report on public schools in New York City finds a strong link between student test performance and attendance.

The report was released Wednesday by the city’s Independent Budget Office.

It states that students who are absent five or fewer days each year pass the tests at a rate more than double that of students who miss 21 or more days a year.

According to the report, girls have a higher attendance rate than boys and when broken down by ethnicity, Asian students come out on top with a 95 percent attendance rate.

Test scores are also linked to poverty.

“Students in New York City public schools overwhelmingly come from lower-income households,” the report stated.

Students who are poor enough to qualify for free lunch pass tests at much lower rates than those who are not eligible for subsidized meals. This is especially true for students in grades three through eight.

“Low-income students as it’s well-known tend to do worse on their tests than more middle class students,” said director of education research at IBO Ray Demonaco. “But we found that low-income students do better when they’re in schools that are more integrated, when they’re surrounded by kids of all income levels.”

More than two-thirds of students qualify for free lunches.

It also found that girls typically score higher on tests than boys.

Among other things, the report also looked at the school system’s diversity. It found that Hispanics make up the largest group in the district at nearly 40 percent.

The IBO is publishing similar statistics on each one of the city’s 1,533 public schools.

To read the full report, click here.

What do you think of the report’s findings? Sound off below in our comments section…

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  • Bklyn mom

    According to the latest (2010) census that was just released, Asians were the highest income earners. Do you see a correlation between that and the fact that they get top grades due to a great work ethic and respect for education? They can come from poor families but they don’t let that hinder them. Wake up people! Instill values in their children regardless of your socio-economic status and they will excel. However, if you don’t have those values yourself, well then you’re dooming your children to repeat the cycle. Sad but true.

    • Bklyn mom

      I meant to say “instill values in YOUR children…”

  • Tasha

    Asian cultures respect hard work and resepect eachers. Any school that is more than 30% hispanic has low achievment because for the most part they don’t value education and often dont have a work ethic. Look at the passing rates over the years (and some exams were much more difficult years ago) and compare thme. These kids are out partying all weekend even at young ages (recall the stories of how many were killed at parties just a week or two ago?) Who the heck lets their 11 year old be out at 4 am?

    • MIKE

      SUCK C.O.C.K!!!

  • vin

    The parents suck. I teach there. East Ny in brooklyn. 4 parents on parent-teacher night. no one at home instilling work ethic. the parents dont work, all on welfare, never gonna get off. kids are on their way to jail. yey, i love teaching

    • MIKE

      YOURE AN IDIOT!!!!!

  • Gamer

    If test scores are linked to poverty and attendance, why are student test scores part of a teacher’s evaluation? Teachers have no control over attendance or socio-economic status.

    • Stats Whiz

      Duh! Well-stated, Gamer.

  • john

    It’s about time someone came clean on low test scores!

    Its about time somebody had the nerve to explain the reason for low test scores…..

  • henry mazurczyk

    wow! you get a higher test score if you are in school ?How much was spent to find that out.This 60 year old from jersey got a great education. #1 the teachers made you learn ” I quote put away your pencils and do the math in your head” Thanks Mrs. Wagner # 2 if you were a pain you would get one from the corner cop, your mom and oh yeah “the old man” he gave you “special care”

    • Tasha

      Now in NYC, teachers can be charged with child abuse or insubordinatiion for putting a kid out of class. The APS (who usually don’t teach) and deans who get periods off to be deans, don’t want to deal with it—youre supposed to calll the parenst BEFORE you write it up for the deans unless the kid is about to pulverize someone . You can spend months trying to track down a phone number that works.

  • D

    And this just in…the sun will rise tomorrow…

  • Carole

    Two children are nyc teachers, they tell me as long as the parents are not interested in what’s happening in school, don’t putt a high priority on learning, children are absent 2/3 times a week this problem will never be solved. Children in China go to school and sit with their coats on because the gov won’t supply heat, but they learn and the top 25% of thier students are more than all the children in North America. Wake up America, we are falling behind and will be a third world country within a generation.

  • Rachel

    Many urban districts deal with absenteeism rates as high as 35%, but this never enters the discussions about test scores being used for teacher evaluations or “pay for performance.” How can a teacher be responsible for a student who isn’t there? And the students who miss school are also the least likely to come after school to get the missed work. When I was a teacher, I had parents who pulled their kids out of school sometimes for two weeks at a time to help out the family, or to go shopping, or just because the child said he didn’t want to go. If a parent sends the message to children that school isn’t important, then it is nearly impossible for a teacher to get the child to believe otherwise.

  • Eileen

    Honestly, I think a lot has to do with the breakdown of the family. A lot may not agree with me, but I think children really need both parents and tend to do better when both parents are involved. It is still possible with only one, but I think when both mother and father love and are there for the child, each child tends to do much better. (My husband came from a single-parent home, so I know from experience)

    • Quality, Not Quantity

      I am a single parent and my my child excels academically. At 13 she has just entered one of the top public schools in the city. She learned to read at age 3 and half and began kindergarten at 4 years old.

      She passed the math regents in 8th grade and scored double 4s on the Statewide Exams. She will graduate at 17 with a full regents diploma as well as an associates degree. She also plays guitar, sings and acts.

      She is extremely bright, however, she has a devoted mother who surrounded her with learning opportunities and experiences every day of her life and that is what makes the difference.

      It is not the quantity of parents in a child’s life, it’s the quality.

      • Tasha

        Kudos to you and your daughter—

  • p8nt

    Asian culture and society are stricter, not to mention there is a higher level of expectation that Asians give to their children. As far as this study, its a no brainer that if a child misses almost a month of school, that they would do considerably worse.

  • Nick

    AH SO. It’s an ethnic and poverty thing as long as you include the Asians in the White group. Or is this the liberal medias’ way of telling use certain groups are born that way? Which is highly racist of them to do so.

    • Isabel

      the family values influence so much in the child’s performance. I am Asian, I study hard because I have difficulty understanding the language, and I have a good family environment and support, I topped the class, enrolled next semester for Medicine. The family should be involved in the child’s development by creating a good environment and living a clean and Godly values, that is the only what my family have, we have not much resources we are poor butI respect and value what my family does for me.

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