Current state of education in NYC:
- English Language Arts (ELA)–very important. Tested each year. Can’t pass grades 3, 5 or 7 if you are severely below grade level. Grammar rules are not taught so students’ mechanics continue to hinder their ability to express themselves.
- Mathematics–equally important. Tested each year. Can’t pass the grade if you don’t pass the test.
- Science–now a required test in grade 4 and 8. Will become a promotional criteria this year, I believe.
- Social studies–a test exists in grades 4 and 8. It is not a promotional criteria, and in many schools it is combined with English Language Arts. That means if we read a novel dealing with a historical era, we have studied that time period. Basically, I call it “history lite.”
I wonder if it’s the same way in South Carolina. Maybe that’s why this happened?
Hat tip to Laurie for this gem.