From the Daily News:
Twice as many elementary and middle school kids could end up in summer school this year, preliminary data from the city Education Department shows.
The high number of third- through eighth-graders headed to summer school is an early indication that the city expects its scores to plummet on state exams, which are used to determine if a student fails a grade - and were supposed to become more rigorous this year.
Also, since the state has delayed the release of the final exam scores until the end of July, the city had to use raw, unscaled scores to determine how many kids to promote. And officials erred on the side of sending more students for summer help.
Their decisions will likely mean 20,500 third- through eighth-graders have to hit the books during the vacation. Last year, just 9,800 from the same grades were supposed to go.