Across New York State, students largely failed to meet the new standards set out by the Common Core. New York City students fared no better overall - 30 percent of students were deemed proficient in math and 26 percent were proficient at English. The numbers are worse for minorities.
But by and large, New York City students are performing better than their peer school districts. According to the New York Daily News, New York City performed much better than students from all the other large school districts in the state:
"The city's schools made marked gains on both the old tests and on a much tougher national assessment. The fact that the results falsely assured students that they were on track does not negate that improvement.
"The math passage rate throughout the five boroughs was three times Buffalo's; our English passage rate, more than double. Rochester and Syracuse lagged still further behind.
"Finally, high-performing district and charter schools prove city kids, even low-income, minority city kids, can excel."