Rise & Shine: New York City’s English and math state test scores inch up

TEST SCORES The percentage of New York City students passing state tests ticked up this year, with 40.6 percent passing English and 37.8 percent passing math. Chalkbeat, NY1, New York Daily News, New York PostWall Street JournalStaten Island Advance, NY Pix 11, Patch, Newsday, CBS New York

WEIGHING IN Education world insiders issued a wide range of statements on the test scores, calling them everything from a sign of “sustainable progress” to “virtually meaningless.” Chalkbeat 

Opinion: Despite the spin from education officials, the scores don’t reveal much, argues professor of education David Bloomfield. New York Daily News

RENEWAL NEWS Though their average test scores improved, more Renewal schools will close this year, the mayor announced. Chalkbeat, New York Times, Politico

SUPPORTING SUCCESS Opinion: Joseph Belluck, chairman of the SUNY Charter Institute, committed “educational malpractice” by threatening Success Academy over its chairman’s inflammatory Facebook post. New York Post

Opinion: Belluck is wrong to punish high-achieving Success Academy for Dan Loeb’s mistakes. Wall Street Journal

SUIT SETTLED A student reportedly seduced by a teacher at James Madison High School in Brooklyn won $750,000 in damages. New York Post

CLOSE TO HOME A blind woman succeeded in her appeal to have her daughter placed in a city pre-K program near her West Brighton home. NY1Staten Island Advance

FOOTBALL DEATH A 14-year-old died during preseason football practice at Mount Saint Michael Academy, a Catholic school in the Bronx. Wall Street Journal, NY1New York Post, New York Daily News