NYC Public Schools Receive Progress Reports – PS 373R Gets an “A”!

CHANCELLOR WALCOTT RELEASES 2011 PROGRESS REPORTS FOR SCHOOLS SERVING STUDENTS IN GRADES K-8

As Part of Mayor’s Young Men’s Initiative, Schools Are Held Accountable for Progress Made by Black and Latino Males

Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott today released the 2011 Elementary and Middle School Progress Reports, given to 1,219 schools serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The reports award letter grades to schools based on student progress, performance, and student attendance, as well as feedback from parents, students, and teachers about their schools. As in previous years, schools received additional credit for progress made with students with disabilities and English Language Learners. This year, new measures recognize schools making exemplary gains with academically struggling black and Latino males in the lowest third citywide. Reports also include new information about how middle schools are preparing students for success in high school, college and careers.

“Every year these reports have helped drive progress in our schools, so it’s important we set the right goals for success,” said Chancellor Walcott. “By acknowledging progress in schools that help struggling students, we can keep more students on track during elementary and middle school.”

“This year’s reports make clear that principals should be focusing their attention on preparing students for success after high school, and on helping struggling students beat the odds,” said Chief Academic Officer Shael Polakow-Suransky. “We have re-designed the reports to give educators and families access to clearer, more useful information about their schools.”

For the second straight year, the Progress Reports control for New York State’s continued changes to its exams in grades 3-8 by comparing elementary and middle schools to one another to determine grades, rather than setting target scores like the high school Progress Reports. The City also increased the percentage of schools receiving D and F grades, from five percent last year, to 10 percent this year. This year, the top 25 percent of schools received an A, 35 percent received a B, 30 percent received a C, 7 percent received a D, and the bottom 3 percent received an F. This year’s results for elementary, middle, K-8, early childhood, and select District 75 schools include:

  • 298 schools received an A, 411 received a B, 354 received a C, 79 received a D, and 32 received an F. 45 new schools and schools in phase out received reports with no grade.
  • Grades remained stable across the city and for individual schools, as 88 percent of schools did not change more than one grade from 2010; 99 percent of schools were within two grades.
  • Queens was the highest performing borough and District 26 was the highest performing district.
  • Charter schools earned a higher percentage of As, and had a higher average percentile rank than district schools, led by the 56% of charter middle schools that earned an A.

To help address persistent disparities in performance among black and Latino male students, in August Mayor Bloomberg announced new accountability measures as part of his citywide Young Men’s Initiative.  This year, the Progress Report awards additional credit to schools making significant gains with black and Latino males whose prior performance is within the lowest third citywide. Also for the first time, additional credit is awarded to schools that are moving students with disabilities to more inclusive settings.

As the City begins to align its curriculum and teaching with the new Common Core State Standards, it will focus more on whether teachers are asking students to defend arguments, solve complex problems, and perform real experiments—tasks that involve critical thinking and higher-order skills. To evaluate those deeper learning outcomes necessary for success in high school and beyond, middle school Progress Reports now measure the percentage of students who earned a passing grade in English, Math, Science, and Social Studies core academic courses, as well as the percentage of 8th graders who earned high school credit in accelerated courses. Schools will be held accountable for these outcomes on the Progress Report next year.

After gathering feedback from families and school communities, the Department of Education this year redesigned the Progress Report layout to provide a better explanation of its methodology, and make the results clearer and more useful to schools and the public.

Progress Reports for elementary, middle, K-8, early childhood, and select District 75 schools are now available on the Department of Education’s web site, along with Progress Report Overviews, designed to explain highlights of each school’s report to families. Progress Reports for high schools will be released in October.

Progress Report Methodology

The Progress Report measures students’ year-to-year progress, compares the school to other schools with similar students, and rewards success in moving all children forward, especially those with the greatest needs. The Progress Report is designed to differentiate among schools in a way that provides educators with performance data, supports parents in choosing schools, and informs DOE school intervention and support decisions.

The methodology takes into account the different challenges schools face so that the evaluations are a reflection of what the school contributes to the student, not what the student brings to the school.

Progress Reports give each school an overall letter grade based on three categories: student progress (60 percent), student performance (25 percent), and school environment (15 percent). The student progress component measures how well schools are helping students improve from one year to the next. The student performance component measures student proficiency in reading and math. The school environment component compiles the results of surveys taken by parents, students, and teachers at each school last spring, as well as student attendance rates.  Schools can also earn additional credit by achieving exemplary gains with high-need students.

Seventy-five percent of a school’s Progress Report score comes from comparing the school’s results to the 40 or so other schools in the City that serve the most similar student populations. The remaining 25 percent of a school’s score is based on a comparison with all schools citywide that serve the same grade levels.

The Progress Report is one of several measures that make up the City’s accountability system for schools. The Quality Review consists of an observation conducted by an experienced educator, evaluating how well a school is organized to educate its students. The annual School Survey, which factors in to the Progress Report, received responses from over 960,000 parents, students, and teachers about the academic expectations, communications, level of engagement, and degree of safety and respect at their schools.

Learn more about the Progress Report at: http://schools.nyc.gov/ProgressReport. Information about other aspects of the City’s accountability system is available at: http://schools.nyc.gov/accountability.

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RANDALL’S ISLAND GOLF & SPORTS CENTER FALL FESTIVAL – October 6 – 9, 2011

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RANDALL’S ISLAND GOLF & SPORTS CENTER FALL FESTIVAL

 

 

On October 6, 7, 8 & 9th  RI Golf and Sports Center will be hosting a Fall Festival complete with a pumpkin patch, pony rides, hay rides, haunted mini golf, batting cages, gaga, a pumpkin, Halloween characters, carnival games , plus much more. Each child will go home with a pumpkin.

The Festival is available for groups, schools or individual families.

Admission price for the activities is $9 per person (teachers and paraprofessionals will receive free admission).

Festival hours: 10am to 5pm

Parking: FREE

For more info or to reserve a class trip, contact Kelley Brooke at 212-427-5689 or email her at Kelley@randallsislandgolf.com

See the facility at www.randallsislandgolf.com

Randall’s Island Golf Center is considered NYC’s most beautiful, spacious golf center in NYC. The 25 acre facility, overlooking the East River and uptown Manhattan, features 78 hitting stalls on two levels, grass tees, a 320 yard grass landing area, a 36 hole landscaped miniature golf course, a short game area, batting cages, a patio restaurant, a WiFi patio lounge and a special events tent. The facility also has extra activities such as volleyball, badminton, bocce ball, horse shoes, bongo ball and dodge ball. The golf center is the perfect spot within Manhattan to entertain camps and schools for a fraction of the cost that local competitors charge.

PS 373R PTA Proposed Budget for the 2011-2012 School Year

We had a terrific September PS 373R PTA meeting at our Main Site on Tuesday, September 20th! If you couldn’t make it you may call President Maritza Sabato for an update on all the PTA news. Her cell is 917-299-0114 and her email is maritza.pta@aitny.com – We welcome you!

Please go to the link for the PS 373R PTA Proposed Budget for 2011-2012: Proposed Budget PS 373R 2011-2011

STATEN ISLAND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES COUNCIL GENERAL COUNCIL MEETING

STATEN ISLAND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES COUNCIL
GENERAL COUNCIL MEETING

SEPTEMBER 23, 2011

ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND!

TOPICS: UPDATE ON 1115 WAIVER & GRASSROOTS EFFORT

STATEN ISLAND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY COUNCIL GENERAL MEETING

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2011 @ 9:30 AM

The meeting will be held at the Elizabeth Connelly Center

930 Willowbrook Road, building 41A, Bubble Room

RSVP: Angela Edwards @ contactsiddc@siddc.org

The meeting room is open @ 9:00 am for coffee & light breakfast.

Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council

Elizabeth Connelly Center
930 Willowbrook Road Building 41A
Staten Island, NY 10314
718-983-5276

Special Olympics Soccer League – Staten Island’s Special League for Special Kids!

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Special Olympics + S.I. Youth Soccer League = Special Olympics Soccer League

 

The Special Olympics Soccer League will be starting the Fall Soccer Season at Miller field. The league is open to any athlete with an intellectual/developmental disability. No previous experience playing soccer is needed. Unified (peer) partners assist athletes, develop skills and play games. Coaches experienced with Special Olympics and the S.I. Youth Soccer League conduct all sessions.

  • WHO:  Special needs children ages 6-16

  • WHAT: Soccer League games and skills training clinic

  • WHERE: Miller Field, New DOrp Field B2 (near end of parking lot directly after New Dorp High School)

  • WHEN: Saturdays 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.

  • DATES:  September 17th, October 1st, 15th, 22nd, 29th, November 5th

  • ATTIRE: Sneakers/cleats, shorts/sweats, shin guards (Bring water)

  • REQUIRE: A Special Olympics Medical Form signed by pediatrician (good for 3 years) LINK: Medical+and+Consent+Form

  • COST: FREE!

  • LINK FOR OFFICIAL FLYER: Soccerflyer9-2011

  • For more information contact Chris Rooney at CRooneycmr@aol.com

Citywide Council on Special Education Meeting September 15, 2011 at 6 p.m. at Petrides Complex

Citywide Council on Special Education

CALENDAR MEETING AGENDA

Date:               Thursday, September 15, 2011

Time:              6:00 p.m.

Location:        PS 166Q
33-09 35th Avenue

Long Island City, NY  11106

5:30 PM -Public is invited to sign in to speak

Public Meeting 6:00 PM

1.                  Call to Order and Roll Call

2.                  Approval of Meeting Minutes

3.                  President’s Report

4.                  Resolutions – Amendments to the CCSE By-Laws & Filling Vacancies

5.                  Teaching Strategies, Common Core Standards & Universal Design – Presentation by the NYCDOE’s Division of Students with Disabilities Leadership Team

PUBLIC FORUM

The Public is asked to keep comments to a minimum of three minutes

Upcoming Meeting Announcements:  Next CCSE Calendar Meeting/Topic:   Thursday, October 20, 2011 – TBD Bronx, NY;  Topic:  TBD

MEETING DATE & TIME IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.  

INTERESTED PARTIES REQUESTING TRANSLATION SERVICES SHOULD CONFIRM By calling the CCSE Office at 718-391-8354

All meetings are held at wheelchair accessible sites.