Posts from June 2013
June 28, 2013
- New York City says — not for the first time — that Regents exam scoring is almost done. (GS in Brief)
- A close look at a Bronx “miracle” charter school shows that it’s no miracle at all. (Gary Rubinstein)
- French students have a love-hate relationship with their grueling baccalaureate exams. (Times)
- A teacher says he’d respect officials more if they would stop talking about “data.” (Urban Teacher’s Ed)
- A day in the hectic life of a Newark principal who is leading a turnaround school. (Hechinger)
- Parents whose kids opted out of state tests say they’re being penalized with summer school. (GS in Brief)
- A mother praises the early intervention specialists who helped her and her daughter. (Nieder Family)
- A teacher reflects on his sabbatical, when he’ll study math and have a former student as a sub. (JD2718)
- The largest education grants that the Gates Foundation gave this month are listed here. (Answer Sheet)
- Hawaii, which had some major Race to the Top struggles, is now nearing completion. (Politics K-12)
June 28, 2013
Jovani Nias’s 21 years as a mail carrier in Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn has given her unique insight into how families in the neighborhood spend the year. Now that school is out, she said, differences among families even in the same building are even more obvious.
“You see some kids leaving for programs or summer school, and the other kids are just out, hanging on the corners,” Nias said.
Which direction a student takes over the summer can change the course of her education. Researchers have pegged students’ academic regression — known as the “summer slide” — as the equivalent of two months of school or more. Students who are occupied in summer learning are more likely to sustain their progress from the previous year.
But whether city students can avoid the summer slide is often a matter of luck, depending largely on how their school’s approach to summer learning and their family’s access to information that schools don’t always provide.
“There are opportunities that are invisible in my community that are more visible in other communities,” said Sheryl Davis, a Brooklyn parent. “We all have that conversation, what are you kids doing this summer? And I find that a lot of schools do not help with that.” (more…)
June 28, 2013
- Jenny Sedlis, Eva Moskowitz’s longtime right-hand woman, heads to StudentsFirstNY. (WSJ)
- New nutritional standards for schools will ban most candy, cookies, and sugary drinks. (Times, Post)
- Reshma Saujani is touting computer science education in the public advocate’s race. (GothamSchools)
- A Bronx lawmaker wants to ban people charged with sexual misconduct from teaching. (Daily News)
- The city’s alternate plan to turn a school over to developers is also getting pushback. (Daily News)
- A Rockaway principal who led his school back after Sandy received the Daily News’ latest hero award.
- Report: Students are learning more than ever at early ages, but the gains stall in high school. (HuffPo)
- A think tank’s legal efforts to obtain New York teacher pension data continues. (Times Union)
- Amid a flurry of high-profile speakers, it was often seniors whose words resonated. (GothamSchools)
June 27, 2013
- Most college-ready graduates came from just a few city schools, analysis by the UFT finds. (Edwize)
- Cathie Black ponders resilience as she joins a venture capital firm that supports new media. (Off the Cuff)
- A teacher says she’s thrilled by her students’ pass rate — but can’t take credit for it. (View from the Bronx)
- Yes Prep, an organization in Texas, has convened educators for a “What Matters Conference.” (Twitter)
- A teacher says her students countered her “testing and data fatigue” this year. (Critical Classrooms)
- Visiting home nurses aim to prevent the achievement gap by beginning before birth. (Hechinger)
- More details on how to appeal a Regents exam score that seems inappropriately low. (Insideschools)
- Student journalists from 12 states brainstorm stories that should be told. (OU Scripps via Romenesko)
- A petition aims to bring down a city principal who is accused of making racist comments. (Change.org)
- Parents with ties to the West in China face a tough decision about how to educate their kids. (Times)
June 27, 2013
Reshma Saujani, a candidate for public advocate, wants to place computer science classes in every public high school in her first term. But since the power of the elected office she’s seeking is limited, Saujani said today that she’s hoping a bill in Albany will help advance her cause.
New York City’s computer science offerings are on the rise, with the Department of Education set to launch programs in 20 schools this fall. But most courses don’t count toward graduation unless they are part of a state-certified career and technical education sequence. Saujani said the rule reduces the incentive for students to take computer science as an elective.
A new bill sponsored by Andrew Hevesi, a Queens assemblyman, would seek to change that by giving the state Board of Regents authority to allow computer science classes to count for math and science credits.
“If [students] know that it would fulfill a math or science requirement, it’s easier than if they were trying to bring it in as an elective,” Saujani said at a press conference outside Forest Hills High School. (more…)
June 27, 2013
Mayor Bloomberg and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz each took the stage at a city high school’s first graduation ceremony — nearly five decades after plans for the school were first laid.
But at Sunset Park High School, as at many high schools across the city, some of the most poignant words came not from the keynote speakers but from graduating seniors themselves. (more…)
June 27, 2013
In an emotional goodbye to teachers and graduating seniors at William Grady Career & Technical High School on Tuesday, Principal Geraldine Maione disclosed — for the first time, she said — how she landed on her feet at the school three years ago.
“The only reason I’m here at Grady is because of your president, my president, and my friend: Michael Mulgrew,” Maione said, referring to the head of the United Federation of Teachers union. She was speaking under a tent set up on Grady’s football field, which overflowed with family members of the more than 150 students who walked in the graduation ceremony.
The event marked the end of school not only for seniors at Grady, but for Maione, too. After 20 years as a history teacher and principal, Maione is retiring, having spent three years as Grady’s leader. The event also capped a tumultuous period for the Brighton Beach school, which was caught in the middle of a lengthy labor fight that ended with student enrollment down significantly.
“Please know that you gave so much back to me,” Maione told the students while giving out awards she created more than a decade ago in memory of her two sons, who died in 1999. “I would have never been able to live these last 14 years if it wasn’t for all the thousands of children that I have.” (more…)
June 27, 2013
- The school year ended, after a host of challenges including Sandy and a bus strike. (NY1, SchoolBook)
- Madeleine Brennan, the principal of Brooklyn’s I.S. 201, retired after 50 years. (Times, Daily News, NY1)
- Some say they are planning to appeal Regents scores generated in electronic grading. (GothamSchools)
- A Lehman High School music teacher was arrested on charges of having sex with a student. (Post, NY1)
- Michael Mulgrew said that despite the city’s claims, the UFT doesn’t support sex abusers. (Daily News)
- Hyde Leadership Charter School is sending its inaugural crop of seniors off to college. (Daily News)
- A friend of the Brooklyn student who drowned said a teacher had given permission for swimming. (Post)
- Buffalo’s school board signed off on the superintendent’s evaluation without seeing it. (Buffalo News)
- Federal authorities are announcing new guidelines for healthy snacks in schools today. (USA Today)
June 26, 2013
- With Sandy, the school bus strike, the Common Core and more, it’s been a hard year. (SchoolBook)
- Just as soon as seventh grade ends, the high school search begins with info sessions. (Insideschools)
- An intensive and expensive way to get low-income students to college will expand here. (Hechinger)
- On the last day of school, city teachers capture their feelings in one word: “exhausted.” (City Room)
- The NEA is getting into the lesson-sharing game through a partnership with Better Lesson. (HuffPo)
- Yet another newspaper explains why it chose to publish teachers’ ratings. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
- The decision to publish prompted a return to an ongoing question about transparency. (Answer Sheet)
- About a quarter of California’s teachers came to the classroom in non-traditional ways. (Teacher Beat)
June 26, 2013
With a 92 average in her classes and two passing scores on Regents exams last year, Jacalyn Swintelsky had reason to be optimistic on her way to pick up her report card at Midwood High School this morning.
But when she got there, Swintelsky was stunned to see that she had failed the Global Studies Regents exam. Her score was two points shy of the 65 required for graduation and well below her marks on the three other Regents exams she took this year.
“I was really shocked,” said Swintelsky. “I expected to pass, that’s for sure.”
The outlier on Swintelsky’s report card stood out for another reason: It was the only test she took that was graded using the city’s new online scoring system that CTB/McGraw-Hill developed for four frequently taken Regents exams.
Serious glitches in the scoring system caused delays in getting grades and introduced concerns that scores might be artificially diminished. Now, students such as Swintelsky and their teachers are crafting plans to appeal lower-than-expected scores. (more…)