Good and bad news come along with test results for BX, city students

After several delays, the results are in for the state English exams for Bronx and city students.
Fourth-graders pulled in decent marks this year and successfully maintained last year?s historic jump in passing grades. According to a Daily News report, more than 58 percent passed compared to 2004?s 49 percent. Eighth-graders also fared well on the reading and writing exam.
However, along with the good comes the bad. The Daily News reports the number of students who failed by scoring a one, the lowest possible grade, increased by almost 50 percent in both fourth and eighth-grade. Some education officials say the failing trend doesn?t overshadow how well students did this year. Meanwhile, others say the failures prove a big disappointment for the Department of Education.