The Department of Education released their controversial city school report cards for its 1,140 elementary and middle schools with little fanfare Thursday as a whopping 65 percent of schools saw their letter grades drop from last year.
The annual progress reports, based largely on state math and English exams, were heralded last year when a staggering 97 percent of schools scored A or B. That was before the state toughened standards and schools saw their students’ scores plummet.
But instead of letting the school report cards nosedive, the DOE graded them on a curve and set a limit on how far schools could drop. Only 25 percent scored an A this year, compared to last year’s 84 percent, but the DOE ensured that schools earning the top grade last year wouldn’t be allowed to fall lower than a C, and B schools couldn’t fall below a D.
While many schools saw plummeting marks, 22 jumped up a grade. Queens was the highest performing borough, and District 26, which includes Bayside and Douglaston, was tops, receiving all A’s and B’s for the second year in a row.