Student & School Performance

This year’s offer data shows very little change in racial and economic diversity, particularly for high school, despite seeing the biggest admissions changes.
The experimental school opened to great fanfare in 2019, but the pandemic and leadership turmoil have clouded its brief history.
The number of students in need of summer school increased this year partly because of state standardized test scores that showed Newark students scoring low in math and reading, the district said.
With just a month until the school year ends, families are scrambling to find alternate summer programs for their children.
Early state results show some progress for the class, but about three-quarters of students fell short of expectations on the state reading assessment.
Families say publicly funded, privately run charter schools in New York are allowed to punish and discriminate against students by calling in emergency services.
The decision to start the new school year with steady budgets, however, doesn’t mean schools are completely immune from cuts.
But up to 60% of third graders could be at risk of being held back as a stricter reading law kicks in.
For future school years, education department officials are bracing for some big expenses to comply with the law.
Testing do-overs, appeals, summer learning camps come next for struggling readers who want to avoid retention
Paula White, executive director of JerseyCAN, a statewide education advocacy organization, explains the “reading crisis” among children in New Jersey and the need for a state plan.
Eric Hanushek, a Stanford University economist, has spent four decades arguing that more money won’t help schools.
Colorado’s budget paves the way for ending budget diversions and instead fully funding K-12 education in the 2024-25 school year.
The mayor said that the public system that’s failing to educate Black and brown kids should be “duplicating” what the Jewish religious schools are achieving. But his administration is battling to keep evaluations of 26 such schools under wraps.
City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams blasted the mayor’s approach to early childhood education, describing the system as “broken” and “in full crisis mode.
Middle school recommendations are expected in August, and will also consider schools at the end of the accountability clock.
The report also includes measures of equity, including a racial breakdown of suspensions and access to Advanced Placement courses.
Minnequa Elementary School’s progress comes as many schools are trying to reverse pandemic-era drops in math achievement.
“Beacon Zone students and families ... will face a degraded school experience next year without the support of the Beacon Zone.”
In total, New York City schools will receive about 4% more in funding than last year.
Gov. Kathy Hochul’s push for more charter schools in New York City emerged as one of the last items holding up the overdue state budget — and her keen interest puzzled many following the issue.
Two-thirds of that cut, or about $650 million, is the result of Adams’ decision to reduce the city’s contribution to the education department.
The school board approved a new school quality policy unanimously even as some employee groups argued it needs more work.
District forced to reckon with failure of charter-focused state turnaround effort.
Lawmakers could solidify a final budget as early as this week, but charter schools have been a sticking point.
The school board is slated to vote on the policy Wednesday, but the teachers union and principals group say it needs more specifics.
Many school district leaders said they don’t oppose standardized tests, but they think current state tests are more involved than necessary, taking up too much time.
It takes a lot of maturity, Lauren Whidbee writes, but I see a genuine effort from all of my students.
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