2019-20 Proposed Changes to School Quality Reports

The NYC Department of Education (DOE) proposes the following changes for the 2019-20 School Quality Reports to advance Chancellor Carranza's Advance Equity Initiative and implement recommendations from the School Diversity Group. These changes support school communities, administrators, and field/central offices in specific goals related to school diversity, integration, and differentiating support. The DOE also proposes a number of changes due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, its impact on the school year, and the shift to remote learning (see "COVID-19 Modifications"). The DOE encourages the use of this data for formative purposes. These changes build on the methodology described in the 2018-19 Educator Guides to the School Quality Reports.

To share feedback during the open-comment period, please use this online form by August 10, 2020. After considering feedback, the DOE will publish a Final Changes document describing the changes for the 2019-20 School Quality Reports.

COVID-19 Modifications

Description

Rule for 2018-19

Proposed Rule for 2019-20

Explanatory Note

This information was not included in the School Quality Reports.

The reports will include a prominent note acknowledging the impact of COVID-19 on the 2019-20 school year to put the results in context and discourage direct comparisons between the 2019-20 report and reports from other years.

No Ratings

All available ratings were included in the School Quality Reports.The ratings chart on the first page of the School Quality Snapshot (and at the top of each tab) will be blank for all schools. Section ratings and metric ratings throughout the report will be "N/A."

Adjusted Attendance Metric

The attendance metric covered the period from September 2018 through June 2019.The attendance metric will be adjusted to cover the period from September 2019 through February 2020, before the major COVID-19 impacts.

Add Remote Learning Interaction Rate

This information was not included in the School Quality Reports.

The School Quality Snapshot will show a remoting learning interaction rate to reflect student engagement with the school's remote learning efforts.

Demographic Information

Description 

Rule for 2018-19

Proposed Rule for 2019-20

Report demographics and performance* of Native American/ American Indian and Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander students

  • The racial subgroups reported were Asian, Black, Hispanic or Latinx, and White.
  • Students selecting Native American/American Indian currently were not reported.
  • Students selecting Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander were reported as part of the Asian subgroup.
The racial subgroups reported will be Asian, Black, Hispanic or Latinx, Native American/American Indian, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and White. 

Report demographics and performance* of students by gender

  • The School Quality Guide showed the percent male and female at the school.
  • The School Quality Guide reported metrics for Black and Hispanic males in the lowest third for test scores and graduation rate.
  • No other School Quality Reports reported demographic information on gender.
  • None of the School Quality Reports reported performance information by gender. 
The School Quality Snapshot, School Quality Dashboard, School Quality Guide, and Citywide Workbooks will show the percent male and female at the school. 
Currently, all students in the DOE are recorded as either “male” or “female” based on their registration paperwork. If the DOE adopts any other options in the future, these would also be listed on the School Quality Reports.
Reports will also show by gender all metrics that are currently reported by race. 

Use the term “Students with Disabilities” instead of “Students with Special Needs"

  • This group of students was labeled as “Students with Special Needs” on the School Quality Snapshot.
  • This group of students was labeled as “Students with Disabilities” on other School Quality Reports.
This group of students will be labeled as “Students with Disabilities” on the School Quality Snapshot and other School Quality Reports. 

*For subgroups with less than 5 students, the performance value will appear as “N/A”.

Courses and Programming Information

Description Rule for 2018-19Proposed Rule for 2019-20

Report school participation in DOE programs and state accountability status

This information was reported on the School Performance Dashboard as “Programs and Designations.”This information will be reported on the School Performance Dashboard and School Quality Snapshot as “DOE Programs and State Designations.”

Report the number of students in advanced courses

This information was not included in the School Quality Reports.
  • The School Quality Snapshot will show the total number of students in all grades enrolled in STARS in the following course categories: AP, IB, Advanced Math/Science Regents courses (Algebra II, Calculus, Chemistry, Physics), College & Career Preparatory Courses, College Credit Courses.
  • This information will not be reported for middle and high schools with no advanced courses.
  • Students will appear in the count for each course category that they are enrolled in; students can appear in the counts for multiple course categories.

Include the New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB) as a College and Career Preparatory Course Index (CCPCI) option

  • The New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB) was not included in the criteria for the College and Career Preparatory Course Index.
  • The number of students who obtained the NYSSB was not reported in the School Quality Snapshot.
  • Students will contribute positively toward their school’s College and Career Preparatory Course Index (CCPCI) by earning the NYSSB.
  • The number of students with the NYSSB endorsement code will appear on the School Quality Snapshot.

Additional Breakdowns

DescriptionRule for 2018-19Proposed Rule for 2019-20

Report the racial demographics of teachers at the school

This information was not included in the School Quality Reports.
  • The School Quality Snapshot and School Quality Guide will report the percentage of teachers in the following racial categories: Asian, Black, Hispanic or Latinx, Native American or American Indian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and White.
  • If a subgroup has less than 5 teachers instead of the specific number, we will report that it is less than five (instead of showing the specific number).

Report the racial breakdowns of students living in surrounding areas

This information was not included in the School Quality Reports.

  • The School Quality Snapshot will report the percentage of students of each racial subgroup out of all the DOE students enrolled in public schools in the surrounding defined geographic areas that are relevant to the school type.
  • The relevant surrounding defined geographic areas for each school type are:
    • Elementary / K-8: zone for zoned schools and district for other schools
    • Middle: district
    • High School & Transfer High School: borough
  • The metric will show the percentage of students of each racial subgroup out of all the DOE students with home addresses within the relevant surrounding defined geographic area.
  • The School Quality Snapshot will also report the percentage of students of each racial subgroup out of all the DOE students living in the nearby area.
    • For this metric, the DOE will draw a circle around each school, with the radius of the circle equal to the median distance of enrolled students’ home addresses from the school. The DOE will calculate the percentage of students of each racial subgroup out of all the DOE students with home addresses within the circle.
    • This metric will apply for all school types.

Report the racial breakdown of students in advanced courses (MS, K-8, HS)

This information was not included in the School Quality Reports.

  • For middle, K-8, and high schools, the School Quality Snapshot and the School Quality Guide will report the racial breakdown of students enrolled in advanced courses.
  • The metric will show the percentage of students of each racial subgroup out of the total number of students in advanced courses in the school. The denominator for this percentage is the total number of students in advanced courses at the school—not the total number of students in the racial subgroup at the school.
  • Advanced courses include AP, IB, Advanced Math/Science Regents courses (Algebra II, Calculus, Chemistry, Physics), College & Career Preparatory Courses, College Credit Courses.
  • If a subgroup has less than 5 students, we will report that it is less than five (instead of showing the specific number).
  • This breakdown will not be reported for schools with no advanced courses.

Previously Proposed Phase-In Changes

The following phase-in metric was proposed in 2018-19 and will affect the 2019-20 School Quality Reports.
  1. College Readiness Index (High School, Transfer High School): For students in the Fall 2020 entering class who do not meet the SAT, ACT, or Regents college-readiness thresholds, CUNY does not plan to use the CUNY Assessment Test (“CAT”) to determine whether they are required to complete remedial interventions before enrolling in credit-bearing math and English courses. (Instead, CUNY plans to use a proficiency index based on high school grades, SAT scores, and Regents scores.) Based on this policy change, we plan to phase in changes to the College Readiness Index (“CRI”) metrics in the School Quality Reports (including 4-year CRI, 6-year CRI, HST CRI, and YABC CRI):
    • The 2019-20 School Quality Reports and beyond will show the CRI metrics (without CAT). For those reports, CRI with CAT will no longer be applicable.
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