Goal-Setting for Renewal Schools: a Reprieve

Banana Kelly High School (Photo via Wikimedia, Creative Commons license)

Banana Kelly High School (Photo via Wikimedia, Creative Commons license)

The city’s 94 troubled schools, dubbed Renewal Schools, have been given three years to accomplish goals that other schools in New York City must meet in one year, reports Patrick Wall in Chalkbeat.

The struggling schools, with a higher-than-average share of students who are still learning English, live in temporary housing, or have disabilities, have been given until 2017 to achieve one-year goals they were assigned in 2014. During the three years, writes Wall, they must meet benchmarks lower than that of a typical school.

The city has previously refused to release lists of the goals it gave Renewal schools, and education department officials have not publicly discussed how they were created. In response to questions from Chalkbeat on Wednesday, they acknowledged that the Renewal goals were one-year targets spread out over three years.

The officials insisted that the Renewal schools, which serve a disproportionate share of needy students and have struggled for many years, require the extra time to reach their final targets. Several people who work in the schools — which could face closure or other consequences if they fail to achieve the goals — said they agreed, calling the targets “reasonable” and “reachable.”

Although a number of Renewal schools face challenges in reaching their goals, a few have nonetheless managed to meet some of their one-year goals within a year. Read Chalkbeat to learn which measures Brooklyn Generation School, Bronx School of Young Leaders and Banana Kelly High School performed well on.

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