Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein today released the first-ever Progress Reports on the City's public schools. Based on the searchable listing published by the NY Times today the local primary / middle school earned a “B” grade.
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Per the official news release issued by NYC the grades are based on three major categories including:
“….school environment (15%), student performance (30%), and student progress (55%). "School environment" includes the results of surveys taken by parents, students, and teachers last spring, as well as student attendance rates. The "student performance" category measures actual student outcomes-whether elementary and middle school students are proficient in reading and math and whether high school students are graduating. "Student progress" has the highest weight because it measures how schools are helping students improve year-to-year-gains in reading and math proficiency for elementary and middle school students, and credit accumulation and Regents exam pass rates for high school students.”
I will admit I am a bit confused by this scoring system. When I was a kid in school passing was a 65 or better. Or was it 55? Either way how a 59 warrants a grade of a "B" makes no sense. The new math?
As per the Gothamist: "The Daily News' Errol Louis likes the report cards, Diane Ravitch doesn't and Inside Schools explains what the different components, from the grade to other factors like "student progress," mean. You can download the Excel file of grades here (XLS)."