Tuesday, November 06, 2007

School Report Cards Spell Closings

Here's the NY Sun article on the NYC school report cards.  This is exactly what one would hope for:

Some principals are already using the  report cards as inspiration for change. At the city's elite exam high schools,  which were compared against each other in the report cards, principals have begun meeting regularly to share ideas. An early product of their sessions is  a conference scheduled for today where teachers will convene for workshops and discussions, the principal at the Bronx High School of Science, Valerie Ready,  said.

Also, Joe Williams was quoted:

The executive director of a lobbying group, Democrats for  Education Reform, Joseph Williams, said parents should take low grades seriously. "It's more productive, instead of being defensive about it, to talk about how you get it to a B and then to an A," he said.
Mr. Williams said the success of the grades will hinge on whether Mr. Bloomberg follows through on the grades with tough consequences.
Mr. Williams said that at his son's Manhattan elementary school, P.S. 11 on 21st Street, a C grade was appropriate — and probably  higher than the school would have gotten two years ago, before the arrival of a new principal.

School Report Cards Spell Closings
BY ELIZABETH GREEN - Staff Reporter of the Sun
November 6, 2007
URL: http://www.nysun.com/article/65895

Principals could be fired and operations shut down altogether at the nearly 150 public schools to which the city gave D and F grades yesterday, and students at the 50 F schools are getting a green light to transfer into a new school as soon as September, school officials said yesterday.

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