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StudentsFirstNY Statement on NAEP Test Scores in New York

"Today's NAEP results show that public schools in New York and New York City continue to do an okay job preparing about a third of the kids. We can either choose to assail the standards and tests that give us this information or we can focus on what's actually going to improve school offerings and the quality of teaching and learning. The achievement gap remains stubbornly large showing our system is not doing right by its neediest kids and the answer must be to speed up the pace of reform and not to slow it down," said StudentsFirstNY Executive Director Jenny Sedlis. 
 
 
   StudentsFirstNY Analysis of NAEP Proficiency Rates

 

New York City

New York

National

Year

2011

2013

2015

2011

2013

2015

2011

2013

2015

4thGrade Math

33%

34%

26%

35%

40%

35%

39%

42%

40%

8thGrade Math

24%

25%

27%

30%

33%

31%

34%

34%

33%

4thGrade Reading

29%

28%

26%

35%

37%

36%

32%

34%

36%

8thGrade Reading

24%

25%

27%

35%

35%

33%

32%

35%

34%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2011, 2013 & 2015 Reading and Math Assessments.

 

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StudentsFirstNY is a grassroots education advocacy organization dedicated to improving public schools throughout New York State.

 

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StudentsFirstNY Thanks Chancellor Tisch for Her Distinguished Public Service

"We are deeply disappointed by Merryl Tisch's decision not to seek re-election as Chancellor. Tisch has served the students of New York State with integrity and independence, managing to always remain above and separate from the special interest-dominated politics of education. Tisch's commitment to higher standards and to raising the quality of teaching and learning will leave a lasting legacy in New York State. StudentsFirstNY thanks Chancellor Tisch for her distinguished public service."
Said StudentsFirstNY Executive Director - Jenny Sedlis.

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 StudentsFirstNY is a grassroots education advocacy organization dedicated to improving public schools throughout New York State.

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Michael Nitzky

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StudentsFirstNY Statement on Appointment of John King as Acting U.S. Secretary of Education

"We're incredibly proud that our hometown hero and friend John King has been tapped for Acting U.S. Secretary of Education. John King will bring an intellectual rigor, exceedingly high standards, and a clear vision for improving schools for all children. John King is driven by a deep conviction that children from any background can succeed and we're confident he will fight for all students across this nation," said StudentsFirstNY's Executive Director Jenny Sedlis.

 

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Michael Nitzky

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StudentsFirstNY Statement on Governor Cuomo's Common Core Task Force

"Everyone can agree that New York needs clear benchmarks for what students are expected to learn each year. The Common Core learning standards were carefully constructed by educators to tell parents whether their children are on track for college and the workforce. While most of New York's parents and educators embraced these new benchmarks, some had real concerns and others' were fueled by a cynical misinformation campaign. We welcome Governor Cuomo's Task Force so we can get to the heart of those concerns, finding solutions for the legitimate ones and dispelling the myths behind the others. It is time for the education discussion in New York to be driven by fact and not fiction. We're confident that the Governor's Task Force will resolve key issues and keep New York on a path of high standards," said StudentsFirstNY's Executive Director Jenny Sedlis.

 

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Michael Nitzky

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StudentsFirstNY Sounds the Alarm for Students Stuck in NYC’s Worst Schools

Parent Empowerment: StudentsFirstNY Alerts Parents at 100 Poorest Performing Schools

New York, NY –StudentsFirstNY announced today the completion of a massive citywide grassroots effort across New York City’s 100 lowest performing schools. The goal: alert parents in each of the 100 poorest performing schools in New York City as measured by proficiency on the New York state math and ELA tests. All of these schools had proficiency rates below 10%, meaning that at least nine out of ten students failed to pass the tests.

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StudentsFirstNY Statement on Teacher Evaluation Adjustments

"Everyone wants to get to a place where teacher evaluations are fair and credible. Today's actions will hopefully restore confidence in the process. This new evaluation system will help ensure parents and educators have accurate information on teacher effectiveness," said StudentsFirstNY Executive Director Jenny Sedlis. 

 

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Michael Nitzky

656-565-8184

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StudentsFirstNY's Response to Mayor de Blasio's Latest Education Proposals

"Mayor de Blasio is beginning to realize what parents and children in struggling schools have long known: New York City schools are in crisis.  Too many children are trapped in failing schools and too few students are being prepared for college and career. The mayor's new plans are a start, but there are glaring omissions: he needs to pay more than lip service to teacher quality and the expansion of school choice. Until there's a great teacher in every classroom and quality school options for every child, parents won't be satisfied," said StudentsFirstNY Executive Director Jenny Sedlis.

 

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Michael Nitzky

656-565-8184

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Brooklyn Parents Celebrate Improvements at Walt Whitman Library

Brooklyn, NY – Parents in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, gathered today to celebrate recent improvements at Walt Whitman Library. The recent improvements capped a months-long grassroots campaign in the neighborhood to push for expanded programming and greater community involvement. Nearly 2,000 Fort Greene parents shared in the effort to improve the library.

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StudentsFirstNY Analysis: Mayor de Blasio’s Signature Education Programs Do Not Produce Results

New analysis from leading education reform organization StudentsFirstNY reveals Mayor de Blasio’s signature programs are not improving schools and that NYC public schools are perpetuating inequality. 

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StudentsFirstNY Statement on IBO Report Detailing Inequity in Charter School Funding

This morning, the New York City Independent Budget Office released data showing charter schools housed in private space receive 16% less funding per student than district schools.

"A kid is a kid is a kid. All public school students deserve equal funding, but today's IBO report reveals an inequity that must be addressed. It's time to stop treating charter school students inequitably," said StudentsFirstNY Executive Director Jenny Sedlis.

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