Rise & Shine: De Blasio celebrates a rise in test scores

TESTING AFTERMATH The city’s top education officials celebrated a rise in state test scores that puts city students on par with the rest of the state in English for the first time. Chalkbeat, Schoolbook

The improved test scores will likely make Mayor Bill de Blasio’s education initiatives an easier political sell. Politico New York

In fact, de Blasio already made the case that the test scores justify an extension of mayoral control. New York Daily News

Meanwhile, testing changes make it difficult to figure out how to understand this year’s results. Buffalo News

THE CHARTER STORY Success Academy had another year of high test scores. New York Daily News

Black and Hispanic students at city charter schools outperformed their peers at traditional public schools, according to an analysis by the pro-charter advocacy group Families for Excellent Schools. New York Post

Editorial: When de Blasio touted test scores, he ignored charter school gains, low proficiency rates and the fact that the tests got easier. New York Post

PERSISTENTLY DANGEROUS Only four city schools made the state’s list of “persistently dangerous schools” in 2016, down from 27 in 2015. New York Daily News 

SEPTEMBER MARCH Charter schools are planning another rally this September to celebrate the sector’s growth. New York Daily News

ELLS Many times we have more adults, but not the right adults, working with English Language Learners, writes a special education teacher from the Bronx. Chalkbeat

TAKE IT BACK A billionaire claims Opportunity Charter School officials rescinded their offer to let him speak to students because he supports Donald Trump. DNAinfo

CHECKING THE BOX New York University will no longer have a question on its application that asks students specifically about their criminal backgrounds. DNA info, Wall Street Journal

DEBATING THE LAW There is backlash to regulations in ESSA that would require schools with high opt-out rates to design improvement strategies. Journal News