Wednesday, October 01, 2014 - 06:02 PM
By Beth Fertig
During her speech on Wednesday, announcing the change in the school report card structure, Chancellor Carmen Fariña referred several times to “a new era” for education in New York City. At one point she stated, “You notice I’m smiling. I’ve been dying to do this.”
Fariña’s overhaul to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s data-driven school report cards was a long-awaited change. Fariña was a deputy Chancellor during the Bloomberg years. She left partly because of differences in opinion about the city’s reliance on test scores.
During her speech at the shared complex for P.S. 503 and P.S. 506 in Brooklyn, she said the A-F letter grades for schools were too simplistic and misleading because they relied so heavily on student progress on state tests. She described visiting a school that received an A.
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