Improved School Quality Snapshots and School Quality Guides Aligned to Framework for Great Schools Offer More Accessible, Usable Information for Families and Educators. City Redoubling Its Efforts on College Readiness through College Access for All, AP for All, SAT School Day
NEW YORK – Chancellor Carmen Fariña today released the 2014-15 School Quality Snapshots and School Quality Guides for elementary, middle and high schools and announced that 53 percent of New York City’s Class of 2014 enrolled in a two- or four-year college, vocational program, or public service program after graduation, up 2 percent from the previous year. The redesigned Snapshot and Guide give families and educators a clear and coherent understanding of the quality of their school, and are aligned to the Framework for Great Schools for the first time.
“I am encouraged to see more of New York City’s talented students pursuing college, but we have so much more work to do,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “As we continue to strengthen instruction and put students on the path to college and careers, the redesigned
School Quality Reports will play a meaningful role in engaging parents as partners and helping educators assess and improve their craft.”
Overview of the School Quality Reports
The School Quality Snapshot is a report designed to give families a clear, concise picture of the quality of each school, while the School Quality Guide provides more detailed information that schools can use to inform their planning efforts and families can use to learn more about their school.
Both reports have been updated this year to align to the Framework for Great Schools, the DOE’s vision for school improvement. Research has demonstrated that schools strong on the elements of the Framework are more likely to produce gains in attendance and student achievement. The 2014-15 Snapshot and Guide provide both summative ratings on Student Achievement and measures of the six critical elements of the Framework which lead to improved Student Achievement: Rigorous Instruction, Collaborative Teachers, Supportive Environment, Effective School Leadership, Strong Family-Community Ties, and Trust. The section ratings on Student Achievement and the six critical elements now, more than ever before, clearly communicate at a glance whether and how a school is improving student achievement. By pointing to specific factors proven to improve achievement, the reports also give school leaders and communities a set of urgent priorities on which to focus improvement efforts.
In addition to aligning to the Framework, the 2014-15 School Quality Snapshot and School Quality Guide were further revised in response to feedback from parent leaders, educators, and research organizations including NYU’s Research Alliance for NYC Schools.
The Snapshot and Guide now take into account students’ starting points and the challenges that they face by providing information on a “Comparison Group” specific to each school. The “Comparison Group” is a composite of students from schools citywide that have similar characteristics and incoming test scores as each of the students at the school to which they are being compared. By offering information, for example, on both a high school’s college enrollment rate and the college enrollment rate of its “Comparison Group,” these reports allow parents and educators to zero in on the school’s effectiveness at helping its students improve.
Similarly, the School Quality Snapshot now provides detailed information on key indicators broken down by students’ starting points when they enter a school (i.e. a school’s college-readiness rates for students who scored at different levels on their 8th-grade State math and ELA exams). With this change, families can better understand how their child might learn at a particular school, and how well the school is doing in facilitating improvement across various student populations.
In response to feedback from school communities, the School Quality Snapshot now also provides information for parents on additional areas of interest including extracurricular activities, sports, arts courses, advanced college and career-prep courses, and the level of teacher experience.
“New York City's adoption of the Framework for Great Schools builds on over 20 years of academic research,” said Anthony Bryk, President of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. “The new School Quality Reports are going to show parents and educators how their schools are doing on the measures that really matter, and offer clear priorities for each school on how to better serve our students and improve our schools.”
“The new School Quality Reports have been carefully designed to help parents, educators and the public better understand how our schools are performing and to allow us to hold them accountable for improved instruction and student achievement,” said Kathryn Wylde, President & CEO of the Partnership for New York City. “The business community will continue to work with the City on its research-driven Framework for Great Schools.”
“The Framework and School Quality Reports not only grade school performance; they also address the reasons why schools are performing well or not across functional areas,” said Steve Strongin, Global Head of Investment Research at Goldman Sachs. “By going deeper into the ‘whys,’ teachers and school administrators can more effectively address areas for improvement and build on strengths and accomplishments. We expect these tools will improve overall school performance, with more resources devoted to the issues affecting students the most and giving parents the opportunity to make better choices about their children’s educational future.”
“As an agency who has had a strong presence in schools for over 40 years, we are encouraged by the new School Quality Reports that are aligned to the Framework for Great Schools,” said Sister Paulette LoMonaco, Executive Director of Good Shepherd Services. “This will be a useful tool for families and community partners as they seek to work with schools to improve student outcomes.”
2014-15 School Quality Report Results
This year’s results show that more students are enrolling in college than ever before:
53 percent of the Class of 2014 enrolled in a two- or four-year college, vocational program, or public service program after graduation, compared to 51 percent of the previous cohort.
The percentage of students who graduated with a Regents Diploma and met CUNY’s standards for college readiness in English and math is up 2 points since last year, from 33 percent in 2014 to 35 percent in 2015.
The percentage of students in the Class of 2015 who successfully completed courses and exams that will prepare them for college and careers, like Advanced Placement and the SAT, stayed consistent at 46 percent.
Building on increased college enrollment as well as increased performance on college readiness measures – including increased participation and improved scores on AP exams and SATs – the City is redoubling its efforts around college readiness and access with College Access for All, AP for All, and the new SAT School Day. Through College Access for All, every student will have the resources and supports at their high school to pursue a path to college. Through AP for All, every high school student will have access to a range of Advanced Placement courses. Through the new SAT School Day, all students will participate in the SAT exam during the school day in the spring of their high school junior year starting in spring 2017.
The results for elementary and middle schools also showed gains in both student achievement and student progress:
In 2015, 35 percent of students met proficiency standards in math, up from 34 percent last year, while 30 percent of students met the standards in English, up from 28 percent last year.
The percentage of students scoring at level 1 (the lowest level of proficiency) in both math and English also decreased from 33.9 percent in 2014 to 33.5 percent in 2015 for math and 34.7 percent in 2014 to 33.6 percent in 2015 in English.
More information about the School Quality Reports, including reports for individual schools and training materials, can be found at the School Quality website.