Incremental differences in children's ability to score well on standardized tests are hardly the broad claims of "progress" or "failure" that NYC uses to then close schools. Both city education departments and NCLB measures of "Adequate Yearly Progress" are using test scores in a completely inappropriate way. Have they never read "How to lie with statistics?" This is "data driven" decision-making at its worst & most punitive.
On Report Cards for N.Y.C. Schools, Invisible Line Divides ‘A’ and ‘F’
P.S. 30 and P.S. 179 are similar in nearly every aspect, yet one got New York City’s top grade and the other failed.