The NYC Department of Education Progress Reports came out last week, and while PS 307 didn’t get an awful grade, the report does reveal a disturbing finding.
Of the three sub categories that make up the overall grade, PS 307 received a B, an F, and a C. The F is in Student Performance.
PS 307 received this F because student proficiency levels are quite low. The percentage of students “at proficiency” for English language arts was 19%. The percentage of students at proficiency for Math was slightly better, at 29.2%, but actually worse comparatively to peer schools.
On the bright side, PS 307 received a B in School Environment, with high scores in Engagement and Academic Expectations.
This would seem to indicate that staff and teachers are doing what the Department feels is necessary. This year, however, for some reason students are not performing. Which is actually a big drop from last year, in 2008-9, when PS 307 received a B in Student Performance and an A overall.
Last year 56.9% of students scored as Proficient in English, and a full 76.6% of scored as Proficient in Math.
This represents a massive drop in only one year.
So what happened? Unfortunately the numbers give no clue, but hopefully some answers will emerge in the weeks to come.
The complete progress report can be viewed online here.