Two days ago, City Hall released its ‘Progress Report‘ for the country’s largest public school system. In it, 217 of New York City’s public schools were blacklisted for receiving either an F, D or the third C in a row on the Department of Education’s report cards.
It was the highest amount of academic centers for youth so far to be considered ‘failing’ institutions — last year, only 116 schools were scrutinized for underwhelming achievement. However, after immediate scrutiny from teachers and parents alike, the DOE has scratched a bunch of schools off of its ‘hit list.’
The move by Bloomberg’s administration is a combination of two notions: the onslaught of budget cuts on the horizon and the remnants of a No Child Left Behind mindset.
Using standardized testing scores and other indicators of ‘performance,’ we would check off the schools that simply weren’t makin’ it to fix that whole thing called the achievement gap. In this case, 36 of them were underachievers.
Over the next few months, the lives of hundreds of students and where they go to school will be decided by the DOE. According to Schools Deputy Chancellor, Marc Sternberg, “[The DOE has] begun conversations with 36 schools that we have identified as ‘struggling.’ These are difficult conversations, but it’s important to have this dialogue and hold our schools up to the highest standards.”
It’s like getting fired in the nicest way possible.