New York City’s Department of Education handed out Progress Reports for public schools city wide last week and as is the case whenever grades are dispensed, some make the recipients happy and others, not so happy.
Unfortunately for the Community Partnership Charter School in Clinton Hill, this year’s report card is a little disappointing.
Not there is anything wrong with a B, its just that CPCS got straight A’s last year. That is to say, CPCS aced the reports with an A in all three subcategories.
This year, CPCS got an A in School Environment, a B in Student Performance, and a C in Student Progress. (The full progress report is available to view online here.)
The C in student progress looks like a real disappointment, but what is more disheartening is the scores that earned CPCS the B in Student Performance: 54.2% of CCS students are “at proficiency” in English, and 64.1% in math.
Last year those numbers were 77.6% and 94.8%, respectively.
Just to clarify, that means that the percentage of students who test as not “at proficiency” in math rose from 5.2% to 35.9%.
That is a seven fold increase, in just one year. That is, to put it mildly, one heck of a jump.
Now the difficult question is, “why?”