As discussed within our Open Thread post, Brooklyn Heights' very own school, P.S. 8, received a "C" on the first-ever NYC school rating "report card". As mentioned before, the criteria for grading the schools seems a little daft:
That is because unlike traditional methods of judging schools, this one involves a complex calculation that assigns the most weight to how individual students improve in a year’s time on standardized state tests. It also compares schools with similar populations, as judged by demographics and incoming students’ test scores, and assigns final grades based on a curve. More than 60 percent of the schools earned A’s or B’s.
The largest portion of a school’s grade, 55 percent, is based on the improvement of individual students on state standardized tests from one year to the next, a so-called growth model analysis. Thirty percent of the grade is based on overall student achievement on state tests. Fifteen percent is based on the school’s environment, measured by attendance figures and parent, teacher and student surveys.
So, what happens to a school where year-to-year the students essentially receive the same high grades on the standardized tests? According to the NY Times, Parents are abuzz. It looks like many highly-regarded A-level schools, such as Park Slope's P.S. 321, received nothing more than a "B".
Any parents with children in P.S. 8 care to comment?