The fact that the Department of Education Progress Report, which came out last week, gave PS 321 an A is not terribly surprising.
This may be reassuring for parents of students here of course, knowing the school is top tier and in fact scored better than 95% of “all elementary schools city wide.”
Oddly, the individual sub-categories do reveal a bit of a dip from last year, however.
Specifically in the Student Performance sub-category, in which PS 321 scored a B this year. Last year, of course, PS 321 got three As, including Student Performance.
What seemed to hurt the Student Performance grade is what appears to almost be a statistical anomaly: despite getting very good score for the “Percentage of students at proficiency” in mathematics, with the median score at 4 (out of 4.5), the progress report indicates that PS 321 is higher than only 19.1% of its peer schools, even though it is still above 75.4% of the rest of the city.
Lets be clear: a median of 4 is pretty darned good. Is a B really justified here?
Either way, it really doesn’t matter. The rest of PS 321’s scores were more than high enough to carry the day and earn an overall A.
All in all, a pretty good year for PS 321.
See the complete Progress Report online here.