NYC to overhaul school evaluation system

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NEW YORK (PIX11/AP)-- New York City is planning to overhaul its school assessment system, including doing away with the A-F grading of schools instituted by the previous administration.

Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina tells The New York Times that the new measures will emphasis the strength of the curriculum.

De Blasio said he would overhaul the simplistic system created by Michael Bloomberg in 2006 to help justify the closure of failing schools during his mayoral campaign.

They will include a school quality snapshot directed at parents and a more comprehensive school quality guide designed for school officials.

The administration has not yet announced how it will address the future of struggling schools.

Farina will discuss the new evaluations during a policy speech on Wednesday.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has long criticized the letter grade system created in 2006 by his predecessor Michael Bloomberg and vowed to do away with it.

Bloomberg had four major points of evaluation: student performance, attendance, staff, student and parent evaluations, and improvement by low-performing students.

The criteria was used to compare similar schools and help decide which schools should be closed.

Parents will also be listening to how Farina plans to improve low-performing schools regardless of what the new evaluation system includes.

 

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