NYC Comptroller Flunks High School Report Cards

NEW YORK (AP) — City Comptroller John Liu has flunked the New York City Department of Education’s high school grading system.

Liu charged in a new audit Sunday that education officials have revised the complex formula used to grade schools every year, which makes it difficult to get a true picture of a school’s yearly progress.

Liu says the system used to decide school closings “leaves teachers and students confused about what they need to improve.”

The audit focused on 10 schools representing the five boroughs.

In a statement to the New York Post, the Department of Education said progress reports are “a one-year snapshot that is designed to compare schools based on their performance and progress during that school year.”

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • Gregory Miller

    Of course they flunked. As long as schools remain a daytime warehouse for those under 16 education will fail. I am a strong believer in tiny neighborhood schools where each student is known and accountable. No gangs, no one showing off top brand clothes. Each student can be easily monitored for progress, and attendance will be taken. My dad was a school business manager and believed in consolidating school districts. I was the opposite. I believed in “the little schoolhouse” concept. Our disagreement was big news in this community. How could a father and son disagree so much? Small schools can be put in empty storefronts and the local basketball court can serve for phys. ed. I think it would cost less than building huge school buildings, and can be rented instead of the school district owning such monstonsidy’s. I think it would be more productive and cost a lot less.

    • Bill Galluccio

      That is a great idea, for parts of rural America. Unfortunately, those ideas are not feasible in big cities. There needs to be accountability for students AND PARENTS. That is the problem. We keep blaming teachers, and administrators, and lack of money, yet nobody wants to blame the people who control the outcome, the kids themselves. You can’t tell me that kids in inner cities are dumber. They are just lazier, and it is easier for them to flip an ounce of cocaine, than prepare for college. I have no idea how to fix our education system, but throwing more money at it hasn’t solved any of the problems.

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