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In NYC, More F Schools than A Schools in Good Standing with NCLB

By Eduwonkette — September 16, 2008 1 min read

Some of you have asked what fraction of NYC schools receiving each Progress Report grade are in good standing with NCLB. As a refresher, NCLB labels schools in need of improvement based on overall proficiency. NYC’s system is based 60% on year-to-year growth, 25% on proficiency, 5% on attendance, and 10% on surveys.

Given these differences, perhaps you won’t be surprised to find that a higher fraction of F schools are in good NCLB standing than are A schools:

* 74% of A schools are in good standing with NCLB

* 67% of B schools are in good standing with NCLB

* 69% of C schools are in good standing with NCLB

* 48% of D schools are in good standing with NCLB

* 89% of F schools are in good standing with NCLB

What if we just look at the “performance grade”, aka the proficiency grade, that each school received, and see how that maps on to NCLB good standing? Recall that this year, schools also were given separate grades for the performance, progress, and environment categories. I guess the peculiar results below are a function of the fact that schools are being compared to peer groups, but here’s what I’ve got:

* 86% of A schools based on proficiency on the are in good standing with NCLB

* 60% of B schools are in good standing with NCLB

* 60% of C schools are in good standing with NCLB

* 51% of D schools are in good standing with NCLB

* 75% of F schools are in good standing with NCLB

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