The new DOE school grades for elementary and middle schools, euphemistically called “Progress reports,” came out with much fanfare, with 217 schools potentially put on the closing list because they either received failing grades or three “Cs” in a row, more than ever before. As parent leader Shino Tanikawa pointed out in the New York Post, DOE is using unreliable grades to implement terribly misguided policies. (If you'd like to see your school's grade anyway, you can find it here.)
- Economic disadvantage (ED), but without differentiating free lunch or reduced lunch students – very different, with very different expected outcomes;
- Students with disabilities (SWDs), but not types or severity of disability;
- English language learners (ELLs).