The New York City Department of Education released progress reports for public schools city wide last week, and North Star Academy, otherwise known as IS or MS 340, got a B.
When discussing these Dept of Ed report cards we like to point out how important context is, because the same grade can have very different implications depending on the grades from previous years.
Such is the case with North Star Academy.
Some schools would be quite disappointed with a B and others quite excited. For North Start this B is actually a bit of both.
On the one hand, the B looks pretty good compared to the F that North Star received two years ago.
On the other hand, the subcategory grades actually reveal a significant drop from last year, when the school also earned a B.
The Overall grade on these progress reports is determined by dozens of stats which in turn generate grades for three different sub categories: School Environment, Student Performance, and Student Progress.
Last year North Star received grades of B, B, and C in those categories, respectively. This year, however, North Star received a C, D, and a B. Strangely, the overall grade is the same, even though the subcategories look worse.
But again, this still looks better than the F two years previous when the subcategory grades were B, D, and D.
School Environment is better and Student Progress is better, even if Student Performance slipped back to the same relative level.
So while B does look much better than the F, the truth is there are clearly still some serious issues that remain.
The complete report can be viewed online here.