When the NYC Department of Education released progress reports for public schools city wide last week, there were audible sighs of relief as well as moans of discouragement, and some shrieks of outrage.
Some schools were certainly pleased to receive a C after a D or F the previous years. Other schools, such as PS 9 in Prospect Heights, were undoubtedly dismayed, whether or not they were surprised, with a C for their overall grade.
For PS 9, this year’s C follows on the heels of an A last year. So the question looms: “what happened?”
According to the Progress Report, PS 9 scored a B in School Environment, a C in Student Performance, and a D in Student Progress. Last year the school received B, A, and B, respectively.
So while the school environment didn’t seem to change, at least as far the report is concerned, Student Performance and Progress did. Most noticeably, the percentage of students that scored “At Proficiency” in English dropped from 76.3% to 44.8%, and from 90.1 % to 51.1% in Math.
These drops are quite significant, but tell us nothing about what actually happened, which these reports of course, are not intended to do. For that we will have to wait for some word from school representatives.