The New York City Department of Education Progress Reports were released last week, and for the third year in a row, MS 51 William Alexander was given an A.
Interestingly, this A is derived from three straight B’s in the three subcategories that combine to give the overall grade.
That’s right, in the three sub categories School Environment, Student Performance, and Student Progress, MS 51 was given straight Bs, but still managed to pull off an A overall.
The three Bs also show a slight dip in scores from the last two years, however, despite the fact that all three years MS 51 got an A overall. For both last year and the previous year, MS 51 got an A in student performance, while this year of course, it got a B.
The drop in the letter grade is from a corresponding drop in the percentage of MS 51 students testing as At Proficiency in English in Math.
This year, 82.2% of students were At Proficiency in English, compared to 92.4 last year. Likewise, 82.5 percent were At Proficiency in Math this year, compared to 91.1 last year.
While 82.2 and 82.5 is still pretty good, that is proportionally speaking quite a drop from low 90s. It indicates that twice as many students are not at Proficiency this year as were last year.
As for as the Department of Ed goes, however, the school is still doing “A” quality.
Makes us think the D of E should maybe add some pluses and minuses to the grading scale.
The complete Progress Report can be viewed online here.