One of the most exciting and inspiring things that I’ve found in my research so far has been the Data Report from the New York Performance Standards Consortium. As a science teacher, I am someone who may find data more “exciting” and “inspiring” than the average person, but I think even those Humanities folks will be excited by these numbers!
The New York Performance Standards Consortium is a group of schools in New York who have developed their own performance-based assessment system rather than being subject to New York’s high stakes Regents tests. I am familiar with some of the schools, including Urban Academy, and have been incredibly impressed by everything I’ve seen and heard. Here are some of the inspiring numbers:
- Their teacher turnover rate for teachers with less than 5 years experience is 15%, compared with 58% in other NYC schools (I think this speaks volumes about teachers staying in dynamic schools where our professionalism is honored, even when the work is more demanding.)
- 86% of African-American male graduates from Consortium schools go on to college, compared with 37% nationally.
- The ELL graduation rate is 69.5% compared with 39.7% for the rest of NYC schools. (I know that neither of those numbers are ideal, but the Consortium schools have almost double the ELL graduation rate — an incredible feat!)
- The graduation rate for students with special needs is 50% from Consortium schools, compared with 24.7% for other NYC schools.