The release Friday of the annual Department of Education progress reports for elementary and middle schools prompted the usual debate over how to interpret the results. We would like to hear your thoughts, too.
But setting aside this discussion for a moment, let's take a closer look at the results, through a series of lists. To start with, let's look at the progress report "honor roll."
Schools That Have Received an 'A' All Five Years
Schools That Moved 3 Or More Grades
Schools With Persistently Low Grades
Schools that get a D, F or three consecutive C's are subject to "intensive support or intervention," and could be shut down altogether. These schools have earned C or worse the last three years:
|Harlem Link Charter School||F||D||C|
|Harriet Tubman Charter School||C||C||C|
|Cornerstone Academy for Social Action||C||F||C|
|Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy VII Middle School||C||D||F|
|Frederick Douglass Academy IV Secondary School||C||F||F|
|Peninsula Preparatory Academy Charter School||C||C||C|
|P.S. 215 Lucretia Mott||C||D||F|
The Progress Part of Progress Reports
The Education Department emphasizes individual student improvement most in the reports, and these schools all scored at least 50 out of 60 possible points for moving students ahead.
Actual student performance accounts for 25 possible points -- these are schools that earned at least 20:
Low Performing, but Progressing
This list is a concise example of why the progress reports are "progress" reports, and not traditional school report cards. These schools are all well below average in performance metrics, but well above average in student improvement, and are therefore rewarded with high marks by the Education Department.
|School||Performance Grade||Progress Grade||Overall Grade|
|P.S. 146 Ann M. Short||D||A||A|
|P.S. 73 Bronx||D||A||A|
|International School for Liberal Arts||D||A||A|
|P.S. 178 - Dr. Selman Waksman||D||A||B|
|P.S. 192 - The Magnet School for Math and Science Inquiry||D||A||A|
|Academy for New Americans||F||A||A|
|P.S. M169 - Robert F. Kennedy||F||A||B|