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New School Ratings System Eliminates Grades, Emphasizes Quality Reviews

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña outlined a new way to evaluate schools that minimizes tests scores in favor of more qualitative measures.
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UPDATE: Missing Teen Found After Leaving Special Ed School in Brooklyn

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WNYC
Nashaly Perez-Rodriguez's disappearance comes less than a year after autistic teen Avonte Oquendo walked out of his school in Long Island City.
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What Do Those School Grades Really Show?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

WNYC

Progress reports without a grade. That’s what Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio proposed during the campaign and it led SchoolBook to wonder: what are all those numbers behind the grades and what can we learn from them going forward?

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D.O.E. Lays Out the Challenge of Measuring Schools

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Education officials reflected on the strengths and weaknesses of the school progress reports in a policy paper that came as close to humble as the outgoing administration is likely to get.

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School Closure Decisions Remain Opaque

Thursday, February 07, 2013

After the early engagement process this year, which noted the poor performance of 60 schools, education officials identified about two dozen schools for closure. The public hearings start soon but there are no expectations that anything will change the minds of D.O.E. officials. Why were some schools spared and others closed? "That's the mystery," said one Community Education Council member.

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Methodology of Progress Reports Under Scrutiny

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

The city's release of annual progress reports is again raising questions about how useful they are and what kind of snapshot it gives of a school year.

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Cuomo Commission Needs to Look at the Big Picture

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced last month that he planned to create an education commission to look into student performance and school accountability. When he does, writes the C.E.O. of a nonprofit organization that provides academic experiences for children of low-income families, the commission should take a holistic and kid-centered approach, and "must have a deep commitment to social change -- not just deep pockets."

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