2) Welcome Meredith Kolodner!: I’m a little late, but the Daily News has a new education beat reporter who, from this article on NYC’s SAT scores, seems to like digging into the numbers. Though the DOE stressed that the number of students scoring at 600 or above went up 3.6 percent, Kolodner recognized that if the average is falling, there must be more low scoring students as well. As she wrote: At the same time, the number of students scoring below average also increased by 3.2%, reflecting a polarization in student results. This is neither here nor there in terms of policy - simply put, more students are taking the SAT in NYC than in the past - but I’m impressed with her smarts already.
3) A Tale of Two Schools: NYC Parents posts a letter from a Jamaica High School teacher about the resource disparities separating his school from the new small school in the building.
4) Grad Rate Round-Up: Philissa Cramer at GothamSchools has the skinny on NYC grad rates.
5) Mimi is the Best: The author of It’s Not All Flowers and Sausages is possibly NYC’s funniest teacher: Rumor has it that we are going to be getting new seat sacks emblazoned with the school’s name and mascot. However, we will NOT be receiving any paper what-so-ever.
6) Core Knowledge x NYC: Dan Willingham weighs in on the role of content knowledge in reading - relevant to NYC’s pilot of the Core Knowledge reading program - over at their site.
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