This week, parents will get the results of their child's new common core standardized tests this week. NYC schools chancellor Dennis Walcott and chief academic officer Shael Polakow-Suransky talk about how to interpret the (probably lower) scores. Plus, a new study from MRDC found gains in graduation rates from the "small schools" strategy favored by Mayor Bloomberg.
New York has just released high school graduation rate numbers -- New York City's 2012 graduation rate was 64.7 percent. NYC's Chief Academic Officer Shael Polakow-Suransky discusses the trends in the rate, and how increased standards will effect graduation numbers.
This year's state tests for grades 3-8 will reflect new Common Core standards. Shael Polakow-Suransky, New York City's Chief Academic Officer, discusses next week's testing and the concern about the change.
The city's chief academic officer says school support networks have improved dramatically in the last few years while saving the city money. Ahead of this week's City Council hearing on the topic, he says the networks let principals choose their peer groups and give them one place to go for answers on a variety of topics.
A top education official outlines the city's goal of improving the quality of learning and teaching so that more students are prepared to enter - and graduate from - college. He says when the focus is on developing resilient and independent thinkers, strong test scores will follow.
Shael Polakow-Suransky, chief academic officer of the New York City Department of Education, talks about how NYC public schools are moving to a system for "inclusion" of special needs kids in regular classrooms.