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How Did the City Grade Your School?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 05:31 PM

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The proportional breakdown of school grades remained mostly stable for the 2012-13 school year compared to previous years. According to data released by the Department of Education on Wednesday, more than 60 percent of the city's public schools received A's or B's on their annual progress reports; 9 percent of schools received D's or F's. 

Charter schools and new high schools outperformed other schools, with 69 percent of charters receiving A's or B's.

The more notable changes were in the college readiness category. This year, 31.4 percent of students who entered high school four years ago had the grades needed to be considered ready for college, a gain of nearly 3 percentage points since last year. This figure climbed to 46.8 percent when only including students who graduated versus 43.6 percent last year. 

High school report cards already take into account these college readiness figures. But this year, for the first time, they also included a measure of what the city called "persistence," or the ability to stay college. A total of 48 percent of students who entered high school six years ago have either graduated, demonstrated college readiness or have enrolled in college for three consecutive semesters.

This means that among students who were supposed to graduate in 2011, there are many who stayed in college even though the city didn't think their grades were strong enough. Schools that did well on this factor were rewarded extra points. 

 

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Comments [4]

Steven Levine from Brooklyn, NY

The best course of action is to ignore the garbage statistics that come out of Bloomberg's DOE that have warped our schools into test taking mills. The best description for these school grades is chazerai, as only Yiddish has a word to describe this nonsense. For the record, my son's elementary school got a C, but it once went from an A to an F with no changes in the teachers or the principal. Great metric! (An insult to the metric system.)

Nov. 17 2013 10:58 AM
Carl Carpenter

The school located on 123rd st and 2nd avenue in Harlem is listed at "Harlem Day Charter," but for '11-'12 and '12-'13 school years, it was Harlem Prep Elementary Charter School. Harlem Day Charter was turned around by the Democracy Prep Charter Schools, moving it from a D to an A in one year, holding at an A in its second year. It's an unprecedented situation nationally with a charter turning around a charter. Please update this if you can. Read more about Harlem Prep Elementary here:

http://democracyprep.org/schools/about/harlem-prep-elementary-school

Nov. 14 2013 11:51 AM
StCheryl from Nassau County

This discussion is reminding me why we left the NYC public schools for a surprisingly diverse, top suburban system after elementary school a few years ago. The NYC public schools are too focused on testing and the common core, and don't serve the kids at either extreme well. My son began acting out in fourth grade because he was bored (and didn't need) the four months of daily test prep they were requiring of the fourth graders. Given the lack of ethnic, racial and socioeconomic diversity in the good schools, he hasn't lost anything by leaving the city. This system doesn't work for anyone. I can't say what the solution is, but Bloomberg's reliance on testing, "measureable" results, and preference for charters has been bad for nearly everyone.

Nov. 14 2013 10:44 AM
Cynthia Ramnarace from Queens

Hi. I don't see P.S. 108Q on your map or on your "Find and Compare" tool. Can you please add it? Thanks.

Nov. 14 2013 09:19 AM

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