Together, the schools enroll as many students as the city of Buffalo. Yet they have not received public report cards since Mayor Bill de Blasio took office nearly two years ago, even though the same schools received yearly progress reports under the previous administration.
Schools that have now been left out of two rounds of annual reports include “transfer” schools, which enroll drop-outs and students who fell far behind at traditional high schools, and schools in District 75, which serve students with severe disabilities at over 300 sites across the city. Together, the two groups of schools enroll roughly 35,000 students.Advocates for children with disabilities and those with a history of failure at traditional schools responded with appropriate concern:
You’re sort of letting those schools off the hook in terms of any accountability measures,” said Kim Nauer, education research director at the New School’s Center for New York City Affairs. The need to come up with fair metrics for those schools should not keep them waiting indefinitely for reports, she added.
“[NYC Chancellor Carmen] Fariña definitely stood on the stage and told us to our faces that they were going to change the way they evaluate transfer schools to reflect the population that we serve,” said Santana, who runs a job-readiness program at Aspirations High School, a Brooklyn transfer school. “To my knowledge, that hasn’t happened.”New York City groups its 56 schools for disabilities into one district, District 75. In the past, these schools received report cards, which included student growth percentiles, academic expectations, movement to less restrictive settings, safety, etc. Now, if a parent goes to the NYC DOE report card database and looks up one of those schools, this message appears: “This report does not exist.”
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