Kings County Politics / By Kings County Politics
Originally published: 10.18.2018
Educators from California, Connecticut, DC, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Texas, Tennessee and Wisconsin convened yesterday for a deep dive on middle school literacy at the Robertson Center at Success Academy, a new accelerator for advancing the work of teachers and administrators across the country.
The real takeaway from the state test results is the continued superior performance of children attending public charter schools. In the city, 57 percent of African-American charter students scored proficient in English vs. 34 percent in the regular public schools. In math, it was 58,6 percent vs. 25,4 percent.
Two Success Academy charter schools won the federal ‘Blue Ribbon’ status for 2018. The status is awarded annually to schools that have test scores in the top 15 percent in their state and no significant gaps among students from different demographics, or that have shown “extraordinary progress” in closing those gaps.
Eight New York City schools were awarded the coveted title of National Blue Ribbon School Monday by the U.S. Department of Education, including Success Academy Bed-Stuy 1 and Success Academy Harlem 2.
It means something that kids are excelling at many of the city’s independently run public schools, which overwhelmingly serve low-income blacks and Latinos. Overall, charters outpaced district-run schools. At 37 Success Academy schools, 98% of kids passed state math tests; 91% passed English tests.
With 47 schools and 17.000 scholars this year, the Success Academy network is now the size of the state’s seventh-largest school district and educates one in 60 New York City public school students. On this year’s state exams, 98% of Success scholars passed math and 91% passed ELA — making Success #1 for student achievement in New York State.
The charter school where Beverly Persad has sent three children, Success Academy Cobble Hill, is exuberantly diverse, with a student body that closely mirrors the district’s demographics: Low-income, white, black and Hispanic students are equally represented. It’s a school with the highest achievement in District 15, as measured on state tests, and the smallest intergroup performance gaps in virtually the entire city. Despite these tremendous achievements, the mayor and the Department of Education have actively obstructed our community, refusing to grant public space for our middle school since 2014.
Success Academy Schools Founder Eva Moskowitz sat down with Errol Louis to talk about the school year ahead and her thoughts on the new Schools Chancellor.
On July 10, six Success parents filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that the DOE panel that handles special-ed cases in the South Bronx, known as the Committee on Special Education 1, routinely discriminates against Success Academy scholars and disproportionately deprives them of their right to an appropriate education. Liz Vandlik, a Success Academy principal, described how she wants CSE 1 to do its part to help this South Bronx community.