An overall grade of C can either be good news or bad news, depending on what grade the school received last year. If the school received a D last year, then a C is great news, it shows progress. If last year’s grade was a B however, then there may be some cause for concern.
In the case of PS 67, unfortunately, a C is quite the cause for concern.
Last year PS 67 received an A overall, with the three subcategories that make up the overall grade scoring A, C, A (the C was in Student Performance, which is notably, the low category this year as well).
This year PS 67 received a B in School Environment, D in Student Achievement, and B in Student Progress, representing a drop in all three categories. (The full report can be viewed online here.)
The biggest drop, in Student Performance, is underlined by a significant drop in the percentage of students “At Proficiency” in math: last year, 66.1% were at proficiency. This year, only 24.6% tested as “at proficiency.”
There was a drop almost as large in the percentage of students testing as “at proficiency” in English as well: 51.3% last year compared to 26.5% this year.
Last year’s scores were not terribly good to begin with, earning the school a C, but for the percentage of students “at proficiency” to drop by half, in both English and Math, is simply horrifying.
An overall grade of C is still passing, of course, but it puts the school on the Department of Education’s radar, and so we hope that this will be enough to elicit action to address the issues identified in the report.