Mayor puts an end to social promotion for Brooklyn and city seventh-graders

Seventh-graders in Brooklyn and citywide are the latest group to be affected by the mayor's ongoing push to end social promotion.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Monday that seventh-graders who do not receive a score of level 2 or higher on the standardized English Language Arts exam will be left back. The policy currently applies only to third and fifth-graders. Bloomberg says it's not in anyone's best interest to promote a child to the next grade if he or she does not have the skills.

According to the Department of Education, more than half of seventh-graders are now performing below grade level on standardized English Language Arts exams. The mayor understands the challenges ahead so schools will be given extra funding to help struggling students. In addition, the city will create Saturday classes as well as summer school classes for seventh-graders.

For now, students will only be judged on their English Language Arts exams. Starting in 2006-2007, they will need to perform well on standardized math exams as well.

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