NYC High Schools Get Report Card (It’s Not Good)

NYC Chancellor Joel Klein

NYC Chancellor Joel Klein

In the third year of the A-F grade system, the Education Department has handed down plenty of As but numerous C’s and D’s as well.

In total, 40 schools received better grades than they did last year but 67 schools received lower grades and six schools received an F. In total, 7% of New York City public schools received a D or an F.

While the grades are largely based on test scores, the Education Department claims to also use student progress, graduate rates, and overall performance. Since the grades were introduced in 2007, the city has closed nearly thirty public schools, nine of which were high schools

The city will close down the bottom 5 percent of the school in order to get federal money that is promised by the No Child Left Behind Act.

While some schools improved, 67 of the city’s got worse. Of the schools that received A grades last year, 15 dropped to a B, 36 “B-schools” dropped to a C and 4 to a D, 11 of the “C-schools” dropped to a D. The school that received an F this year had gotten a B grade last year.

This downward progress calls into question the true nature of the No Child Left Behind Act and the Bloomberg education program. While public elementary and middle schools did well under the grading policy, 97% received an A, many critics argue that the system is broken.

Critics have argued that the grades for elementary and middle schools are superficially high because their grades are based on test scores which has led schools to “teach the test.” The result is poor high school performance because kids are not fully prepared.

Earlier this week we reported on a story of a study showing that 90% of CUNY students who graduated from public high schools cannot do a simple math problem.

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