SchoolBook is poised for another year of the best news, data and conversation about the city schools, with a particular focus on its readers and listeners. That means you.
SchoolBook has updated its schools data, and the pages for all public schools (that includes charters) now have the latest available information on: English language arts and math scores for grades 3 to 8; parent survey results; Regents exam results; graduation rates; SAT scores, and official public school enrollment, broken down by race.
SchoolBook holds its first teach-in Tuesday about “How to Bring Tough Conversations Into the Classroom.” Meanwhile, East Side Community School on the Lower East Side figured out a way to handle an event that walked from the front page into many classrooms: the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida. Students organized a Hoodie Day, and as one wrote for the school newspaper, The East Sider, “It was especially important for us to bring this to the students’ attention because most of us at East Side look like Trayvon.”
After years of budget cuts, families are reaching into their own wallets more and more to pay for basics, like school supplies, as well as pooling enough funds to hire school staff. Kyle Spencer, a New York Times contributor, and Beth Fertig of WNYC spoke on “The Brian Lehrer Show” about SchoolBook’s effort to collect information from parents on their public education spending.
SchoolBook has published the teacher data reports using a new tool that was created by interactive journalists at The New York Times and WNYC. The goal of the tool: to make the data easier to understand and put the rankings into context. Read our explanation.
Teachers throughout the city have been objecting to the public release on Friday of individual teacher performance rankings. Some listed complaints. Others wanted to explain why they got the ratings they did and to try to put them in perspective. Here are some of their comments.
Here is the form to respond to your teacher data report.
UPDATED | The New York Times, like other news organizations in the city and the Department of Education itself, will soon publish the teacher data reports that were the subject of a prolonged Freedom of Information effort. In SchoolBook’s spirit of conversation and community contribution, we are inviting any teacher who was rated to provide her or his response or explanation. We plan to include those responses alongside the ratings themselves, so readers can consider them together. You can find the response form in this post.
Conversation — along with news and data — is one of the three key pillars of SchoolBook, and we wanted to do everything we could to make it flourish. So we have added open-ended comment threads on posts to make it easier for you to weigh in on all the issues, ideas, news and opinions that touched, angered, inspired or entertained you.
To all of our readers, SchoolBook wishes you the happiest of holidays and a week of rest. We will be back with more news, data and conversation in the new year.
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