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Grades falling for New York schools

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 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.

 
 
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