DOE methodology uses some very nebulous metrics such as Student progress (55 points), Student performance (20 points), and School environment (15 points) with the final 10 points coming from the "College and career readiness scores". In addition, the DOE artificially can raise the school's overall grade by giving the school credit for reducing the student achievement gap .for high-need students (16 points). How the DOE came up with these metrics is beyond my understanding after reading the Educator Guide describing them. Worse, I see no way for the DOE to ensure the data has not been massaged by the school, in other words an unscrupulous Principal could "game the system" to ensure his or her school received credit that on closer examination was undeserved. For example giving massive "credit recovery credits" to raise graduation rates, or granting credits for service to improve student progress, and pressuring teachers, students, and parents to affect the School environment scores. Moreover, the mere fact the the school knows when the evaluators are coming makes it a farce. Is it any wonder that these schools with less than 5% college readiness rates were graded "A"? A list of these low preforming high schools who received an "A" grade are listed below.
School for Excellence (Bronx)
Unity Center for Urban Technologies (Manhattan)
El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice (Brooklyn)
Pan-American International High School (Bronx)
Frances Perkins Academy (Brooklyn)
The Facing History School (Manhattan)
More incredibility is that the high school in Brooklyn, FDNY School For Fire and Life Safety,had not one graduate who was college ready but still earned a "B" grade. Just unbelievable.
I can only use the old saying "garbage in, garbage out" when it come to the DOE grading system for the NYC high schools.