The New York City Department of Education released report cards for public schools last week, and Clinton Hill’s PS 56 received a B.
But to be fair, PS 56 was awarded A’s in two of the three scoring categories that combine to generate the overall grade, including an A in the most heavily weighted category, Student Progress.
What brought the overall score down to a B was PS 56’s grade in the Student Performance category: C.
The C is a result of the relatively low percentage of PS 56 students who were rated as “at proficiency” in English Language Arts (36.8%) and Math (46.9%). Those percentages would put PS 56 in the lower third of its peer schools.
However, context is of course everything or at the very least quite important, and in this case, these grades show an improvement over last year (2008-9) in which PS 56 received an overall grade of C.
So this year’s A in Student Progress would seem to indicate that PS 56 is headed solidly in the right direction.
And that is good news indeed.