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Readiness Report Card From AQE

Readiness Report Card From AQE

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Albany Fails to Make the Grade—Moving in the Wrong Direction The Alliance for Quality Education Releases College & Career Readiness Report Card
Albany Fails to Make the Grade—Moving in the Wrong Direction The Alliance for Quality Education Releases College & Career Readiness Report Card

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School-to-Prison
Pipeline
 HIGH 
 Graduation Rates! 
 
After schoolprograms!
EQUITABLEFUNDING
ACHIEVEMENTGAPS
LIMITEDOPPORTUNITIES
Fair Discipline Practices
 C l o s e d  S c h o o l s
   P   r   e  -   K
 ARE WE THERE YET?
College & Career Readiness Report Card
HIGH
DROP OU T R A  T E
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Movingin RightDirection?CommentsRecommendations
ProvidingQuality Pre-K
+
Progress
•NYShashalf-daypre-Kprogramserving42%ofallfour-year-olds.•efull-dayprogramwascreatedintheenactedbudgetwillprovideaccesstoanother5,000or2%offour-year-olds•estatehasnotcutfundingfortheUPKprogramoverthelastfewyears.
Concerns
•efundingprovidedfortheexpansionofpre-KisnotpartoftheUPKgrant,therebyraisingconcernsaboutitssustainability.1.QualityFull-daypre-Kshouldbeuniversallyavailable,especiallyforhighneeddistrictsandstudents.2.NYSshouldinvestincreatingasystemofqualityassuranceandsupportsforallpre-Kprograms.3.Full-daygrantawardsshouldbemadepermanentbyfoldingintoUPKgrants.
CreatingCommunitySchools
+
Progress
•NYSisbeginningtoinvestinthecreationofcommunityschools,whichareschoolsthatprovideacombinationofsocial,emotional,healthandextraacademicsupportservicesforstudentsandtheirfamilies.•e2013-14budgetprovides$15millionforthecreationofcommunityschools.•eprogramlaysafoundationonwhichtobuildforthefuture.
Concerns
•Fewschoolswillbeabletoaccessthefundingbecausethegrantissmall.1.estateshouldexpandtheprogramofcommunityschools.2.estateshouldensurestudentshaveaccesstoguidancecounselors,socialworkers,andschoolpsychologistswhohavebeenreducedinmanyschooldistrictsleavingmanyissuesstudentsfaceunattended.
College & Career Readiness Report Card
IsNYSMovingintheRightDirection?
 www.aqeny.org 
 
ProvidingQualityTeachingInitiatives
 
INCOMPLETE
Progress
•Newteacherevaluationsystemisrigorousandincludesimprovementplans.•eStateEducationDepartmentisintheprocessofimplementingcareerladders,inductionandmentoringprograms.Inaddition,thestatehascreatedanewMasterTeacherprogram.
Concerns
•Reliabilityofusinghighstakesstudentteststoevaluateteachers;•Useofhighstakestestshasbeenshowntopromoteteachingtothetestsorothereortsto“game”thesystemandevenfraud•Evaluationwillprovidelimitedimprovementinthequalityofteachingunlessthereismoreemphasisonongoingteachersupport,trainingandmentoringwhichthestatehasyettoprioritize.•ementoring,induction,andcareerladderprogramsarecurrentlysmall.1.Stateinitiativestoimprovethequalityofteachingshouldfocusmoreonsupportandcollaboration.2.TeachermentorandinductionprogramsandcareerladdersbeingimplementedbytheStateEducationDepartment,alongwiththestate’snewMasterTeacherprogram,mayprovidemodelsthatcanbeexpanded.3.eevaluationsystemshouldbemonitoredandrevisedasnecessarytoaddressissuesthatarise.4.Adequatefundingshouldbeprovidedforprofessionaldevelopmentandforthesubstantialtimeadministratorsandmasterteachersmustspendinimplementingthisprogram.
ExpandingLearning Time
Progress
•e2013-14EnactedBudgetincludes$20millionforacompetitivegrantforExtendedLearningTime.
Concerns
•is$20milliongrantonELTwillaectabout13,000studentsofthe2.7millioninNYSor
one half of one percent of students.
•elastfewyearsoffundingreductionscausedtheeliminationofseveralprogramsthatextendlearningtime:
 
31% of schools cut summer school  
34% cut extra-curricular activities
1.estateshouldprovideadequatestateaidtomaintainexistingprogramsthatexpandtimeinschool,schoolbasedactivitiesandqualityaerschoolprograms.2.Expandinglearningtimeprogramsshouldbeextendedtoprovidetheseservicestoallstudentswhoneedthem.
ProvidingChallengingand EngagingCurriculum
Progress
•NYSadoptedtheCommonCorestandardsin2011.eCommonCoreaimsatraisingthebarsothatstudentsarecollegeandcareerready.
Concerns
•Since2011,theStatehasmadesignicantcutstothequalityofthecurriculum:
 
17% of schools have made cuts to honors or  Advance Placement Courses 
20% have made cuts to arts and music 
18% to Career and Technical Education
•eStatehasnottakentheresponsibilitytogiveaccesstohighqualitycurriculumtoallstudents.•CommonCoreisnotwellunderstoodbythepublicandisproducingsomebacklash.NewYorkisoneofonlytwostatesimplementinghigh-stakestestsbasedontheCommonCorethisyear.ereisconsiderableconcernthatdistrictsandeducatorshavehadinadequatetimeandresourcestofullyprepare.1.NYShastoensurethatallstudentshaveaccesstoahighqualitycurriculumnomatterwheretheylive.ereistremendouscontrastincurriculumquality.2.Signicantinvestmentisneededtomaintainandimprovecurriculumbreadthandquality.3.FortheCommonCoretosucceedthereneedstoberesourcesforprofessionaldevelopment,curriculummaterialsandadditionaltestingcosts.4.NYSshouldproceedwithCommonCoreimplementationonpacebutshouldseekawaiverfromUSDOEtodelayanyhighstakesconsequencesduetotheassociatedtestsforoneyear.

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