Finally, Chancellor Carmen Farina has made public the goals for the 94 renewal schools and the pumping in an extra $400 million dollars that will achieve these goals and the consensus is that they the renewal goals were found to be deficient. In fact, they are riddled with the potential for academic fraud and goals that are either beyond reality without massive academic fraud or are so low that some schools have already met them without any extra resources.
Many of the renewal schools were supposed to hire carefully selected "effective teachers" for their schools. However, due to the DOE's "fair student funding" and the refusal of many vetted teachers to risk their careers at these poorly performing renewal schools, the majority of teachers hired were "untested newbies". Moreover, the poor reputation of the renewal schools ensured that the student population remained unchanged and few, if any, high performing students selected these poorly performing schools. Finally, many of the principals of the renewal schools came from the "Leadership Academy" with little or no classroom teaching experience and rather than collaborate with staff, rather dictate to them, meaning a continued high teacher turnover rate and unstable school environment. When you put together the lack of effective teachers, an academically struggling student population, high teacher turnover, and poor leadership, the results are fairly predictable for most, if not all the 94 renewal schools. That is a recipe for failure. Therefore, its little wonder that the City's renewal goals are being severely questioned.
For example the goal for John Adams High School is to have a "College Readiness Score" of 15.6% by 2016. However, in the latest school 2014-15 snapshot the "College Readiness Score" was 20.2%! Worse, many of the renewal high schools have a three year graduation rate goal that requires a 17% increase from last years rate. How in the world will these schools come close to achieve this without "effective teachers"? The answer is simple. I believe these renewal school principals will put intense pressure on their inexperienced staff to pass struggling students just to graduate them.. Its scholarship over real education. In other words, its academic fraud.
The bottom line is that I am highly skeptical that Bill de Blasio and Carmen Farina will achieve the benchmark goals for the 94 renewal schools without a large amount of academic fraud. To me the renewal school goals stink and are simply a joke.