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A Farewell to Reform: NYC's Education-Accountability System

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A Farewell to Reform: NYC's Education-Accountability System

May 24, 2016
EducationPre K-12
Urban PolicyEducationNYC

Executive Summary

During 2007–13, under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York City’s Department of Education (DOE) evaluated schools based on various factors related to both student performance on standardized tests and schools’ educational environment, and then conferred overall grades of A–F. Bill de Blasio became the new mayor on January 1, 2014, and his administration has moved sharply away from the information-collection and accountability metrics installed by Joel Klein, Mayor Bloomberg’s education chancellor.

Key Findings

  • In 2014, the DOE stopped publishing letter grades on schools’ performance, heretofore the foundation of the DOE’s education-accountability efforts. 
  • In 2015, the DOE modified its parent survey, including eliminating questions on parental satisfaction with schools’ academic expectations. 
  • In 2016, the DOE will phase out its reporting of the annual student test score-growth measures introduced under Mayor Bloomberg.

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