Team Tammany Hall

Representing NYC to the Fullest Jason, Sarah and Jonathan

Overview of NYC Schools
1.1 million students  1,400 public schools

 500 elementary schools  450 middle schools  390 high schools
14%

Students Demographics (2006) Black 1%
13% 33% White Asian/Pacific Islander Other Latino

 60 charter schools

$20 Billion Budget

39%

Demographic Trend

Increasing ELL Student Enrollment
 Currently at 143,000 ELL students

History of the Children First Initiative

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Poor test scores and endemic corruption
State grants Mayor control in 2002 Consolidated community school districts into ten regions Empowered Schools
 2002 – 2003 restructured school system

Children First Initiative
Empowerment  Accountability  Leadership Theory of Action If you empower school leaders closest to the students…

Then they will make decisions that best meet student needs

Empowerment
―We must become the change we want to see.‖ --Mahatma Gandhi

Empowerment Schools Initiative School Support Organizations School Based Decisions  Budget  Curriculum  Accountability Tools Fair Funding Model

Accountability
―Accountability breeds response-ability.‖ – Stephen Covey

 Mayoral

and Chancellor Accountability

 The

division of Assessment & Accountability

 Reciprocal Accountability  Children

First Intensive

Assessment Tools

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Quality Reviews
Periodic Assessments Annual Regents Exam Achievement reporting and Innovation System (ARIS) School Progress Reports

Leadership
―Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.‖ — John F. Kennedy

Leadership Academy

Senior Achievement Facilitators (SAF)

School Support Organizations

Sustainability
Resource and Capacity:  School Finances  Effectiveness/Capacity of Learning Organizations  Robust data system to inform decision making
Personnel:  Effective principals  Effective teachers  Training institutes for principals  Superintendents

Indicators of Success
Are New York Public Schools improving?  How are Bloomberg and Klein performing in the context of the corruption and mismanagement that precipitated mayoral takeover?

Citywide Mathematics Performance Results

4 Year 4th Grade Reading Scores

Citywide Reading Performance Results

4 Year 4th Grade Reading Scores

Graduation Rates By Ethnicity

Graduation Rates (%)

Major Successes
Took control of the situation, stabilized the school district politically and financially as a foundation for further change  Improved graduation rates and student learning outcomes  Implemented and sustained systemic reform

Strengths and Weaknesses
Strengths Weaknesses

•Not one size fit all •Differentiated Support •More resources to the classroom •Strong political leaders that can pull levers •Strong Assessment and Accountability Tools

•ELLs lagging behind •Overly dependent on principals •Inexperienced learning organizations •Sustainability?

•Are these structural reforms impacting the instructional core? •What will happen when Bloomberg and Klein leave?

Recommendations
1.

Focus on English Language Learners
 School Report Card  LSOs and ELLs

2.

Fine tune structure
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Student Report Card Learning Support Organizations Culture Fair Student Funding

3.

Increase Parental and Community Support
 Name Schools  Community voice/survey

The End