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Teachers, Principals Looking For Big Changes in School Days

Friday, May 02, 2014

If approved by the union, the new teacher contract will require teachers to spend more time in professional development and meeting parents — a tradeoff some educators said makes sense, but others question.

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Educators Debate Stark Decline in Test Scores

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

New York City educators took stock of their school test scores on Wednesday as news of the significant drop rippled across New York State's school districts. For many it was a milestone moment, marking a new way to assess students but one that reignited a familiar debate about the role of standardized testing in the classroom. 

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Debate of Single-Test Admissions Policy Divides on Access and Race

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

In just a few days, New York City’s eighth graders will find out which high schools they got into. When it comes to the specialized high schools, chances are good that the students accepted will not reflect the overall student population. "It's the test prep that helps them get in," said a critic of the single-test admissions rule. "Not what they're learning in school."

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City Gives $5.7 Million to Principals in Bonuses

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The city distributed $5.7 million in performance bonuses to principals and assistant principals this year, based on rankings of their students' test scores and graduation rates, the same criteria used to assign letter grades to schools. Principals at 17 schools that ranked in the top one percent received the maximum bonus of $25,000.

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Good, Improved and Failing: Our Lists Off the Progress Reports

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Part of what the annual school progress reports reveal are the schools that are subject to revamping or closing. But the reports can also show which schools are excelling, which are most improved, which are persistently failing, which exhibited the greatest student progress and which are inching up -- among many other measures. Here are some lists that SchoolBook has compiled based on schools' progress reports.

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