Thursday, December 19, 2019

Some NYC Schools Are Academically Failing

The New York Post had an article with a heading "Over 140 NYC schools had a 90% failure rate on State exams". The article points out the sad state of academics in the largely low income and minority elementary and middle schools in NYC. Moreover, 23 schools reported an entire class that had nobody passing the State exams.  Finally, the DOE actually reported that the 142 school failure rate as an academic improvement since the previous year 193 schools reported a class with a 90% failure rate.

The New York State tests are given to grades 3 to 8 and are given in March and April for English and Math.  Not surprisingly, the highest failure rate are found in high poverty schools that have high percentages of minority students as well as Special Education, English Language Learners, and homeless students.

Here are some of the worst schools based on the State exams.

  • At PS/MS 46 Arthur Tappan in ­Harlem, 57 eighth graders sat for the state math exam last year, ­according to state data, and all failed.  Here is a studdnt's account for one of these classes
  • At the Academy of Public Relations middle school in The Bronx, 50 students sat for the same eighth-grade math test, and not one was proficient, the numbers show.
  • At PS 306 Ethan Allen in Brooklyn — a participant in City Hall’s defunct Renewal Schools program — 47 fifth graders took their state math exams last year and all failed.
  • At PS 224 in Brooklyn, a total of 301 kids in grades 6, 7 and 8 took their state math exams and 288 of them flunked — a bleak pass rate of 4 percent, the figures show.

  • A total of 57 third-graders at PS 31 William T. Davis on Staten Island took both state exams. Only three passed English and one passed math.
  • At the North Bronx School of Empowerment, 186 seventh graders took the state math test and just eight passed.
Many of the old Renewal Schools are found on the failure list.

The demographic breakdown of the State exams are as follows for NYC students:

 In Math, Asians led the way a 74.4% proficiency rate, followed by Whites at 66.6%, Hispanics at 33.2% and Blacks at 28.2%.

Asian kids also scored highest in English with a 67.9% proficiency rate, followed by Whites at 66.6%, Hispanics at 36.5% and Blacks at 35.0%.

The low test scores are correlated with poverty, family, and community and that's the inconvenient truth.


Anonymous said...

Well I see that the scores are low for certain must be the teachers fault in those schools i say close them now those rotten teachers especially the atrs, yeah its their fault

Anonymous said...

How about letting teachers teach for a change and quit all the nonsense group work. If they got an exam on group work, our students would ace that.

Anonymous said...

The NYC public schools are a disgrace, it’s all about racial politics. Mayoral control should be lifted from DeBlasio, he’s a complete bullshit artist - directly and indirectly responsible for untold the pain and misfortune that awaits society and the illiterate youth he’s pushing through his warehouse schools. Unfortunately, the UFT has tied us to him and once Billy Boy is gone, watch out. Prepare accordingly.

Anonymous said...

Teachers don't manufacture brains. They work with what the students bring with them.

55/30 happy retired guy

Anonymous said...

We routinely graduate kids at my high school who cannot read or write more than a few words at a time. As for "higher level" vocabulary, you have got to be kidding me. Our top students are at about a 6th grade level, and they are less than 5% of the school.

Do we want to do this? Of course not, but any teacher who does not 'pass them through' gets the proverbial target and gets harassed out of the school.

We want to teach properly and bring the kids up, but admin does everything in their power to prevent this. How?

1. Eliminating all direct instruction. We can only 'model activities' now and then the kids work in groups with an 'activity guide' and 'teach each other' through 'high level discussion.' I am NOT making this up.

2. We cannot give any work that involves memorization, skills practice, repetition or using a textbook. These are ;old ways; of teaching. "21st Century" skills involved constant use of computers and more 'discussion.' In our PD they showed us a video of bored kids in a classroom being liberated by computers and endless chatting, so it must be true.

3. Kids are allowed to have cellphones on their persons in my school. Oh, and they unblocked Youtube so the kids are strung out on music and texting all the time.

4. The admins tell us we must give the kids high level texts to read, but when they come in to observe, if they see the kids reading, they are not discussing! Ineffective!

5. There are no consequences for any bad behavior at all now. Standards of good behavior are racist, anyway. Back to cultural competency training with you!

6. No homework policy. You cannot fail them for attendance. Parents not involved. We have no after school programs beyond regents prep and similar boring things. No sports program (it's a small school). Bell-to-bell instruction with only 1.5 minutes passing time, so everyone is late every period.

I could go on, but you get the picture.

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas Chaz have a great holiday break and keep this site going the best education information...."its the best in the city".

Anonymous said...

$120K this yr....passed every one of those little turds.

Anonymous said...


Pogue said...

Group work can be good for creative projects every once in a awhile. The nuts and bolts of foundational academics should be teacher-driven and teacher-assessed. The rest is non-educator, consultant-driven gimmicks.

Anonymous said...

This is to appease the black community. As the numbers state, if we graded honestly, maybe 5% would pass. Now we can tout the highest grad rate ever.

Anonymous said...

Why does Dick Carranza and Debozo focus only on specialized schools and none of these failing schools?

Well the "good" news is the top 7% from the failing middle schools will get to attend specialized schools in a few years probably.


Anonymous said...

DOE's mentality is "throw some rich white kids in these schools and that will fix everything. Just say we want diversity as an excuse to bus kids all over instead of sending them to schools a block from their house".