Under existing state rules, that drop in scores would require districts across the state to give remedial education services to huge numbers of kids, at great expense.
The city awarded McGraw-Hill a $10 million contract to collect, scan and send the Regents exams to graders electronically. But the system has been exceedingly slow, some teachers said.
The progress reports for the 2010-2011 school year are based on factors including graduation rates and student performance on New York state regents tests.
For the program Fresh Prep, one teacher created 24 rap songs that review U.S. and global history – hip hop fused with the New York State curriculum to engage hard to reach students.
The tests that allow as many as 5,000 New York City students to graduate in January were canceled this year because of the state budget deficit.