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This was the presentation that we gave to a Panel from the Department of Education at a hearing on January 14th regarding the proposed closing of New Day Academy.

This was the presentation that we gave to a Panel from the Department of Education at a hearing on January 14th regarding the proposed closing of New Day Academy.

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  • 1.  
  • 2. <ul><li>Embracing the concept of small schools, we know our students well. </li></ul><ul><li>We have small class sizes and strive to offer an individualized education. </li></ul><ul><li>We teach a rigorous curriculum focused on critical thinking and the Habits of Mind. </li></ul><ul><li>We support students through academic and character development. </li></ul>
  • 3. <ul><li>All students complete rigorous portfolio assessments. </li></ul><ul><li>New Day Academy was approved by the New York State Board of Regents to join 27 schools as a member of the New York Performance Standards Consortium. </li></ul><ul><li>High school students complete Portfolio Based Assessment Tasks in lieu of exams to earn their Regents Diploma. </li></ul>
  • 4. This Statement is Insufficient! <ul><li>Student performance in New Day Academy’s middle school and high school is higher than the majority of peer schools! </li></ul><ul><li>New Day Academy HAS made significant progress with students in middle school and high school! </li></ul><ul><li>Other city and state evaluations have given high ratings to New Day Academy! </li></ul><ul><li>No time was given to improve the high school grade, violating the accountability framework! </li></ul><ul><li>New Day Academy has the tools to continue to make significant progress! </li></ul>
  • 5. This Statement is Insufficient! <ul><li>Student performance in New Day Academy’s middle school and high school is higher than the majority of peer schools! </li></ul><ul><li>New Day Academy HAS made significant progress with students in middle school and high school! </li></ul><ul><li>Other city and state evaluations have given high ratings to New Day Academy! </li></ul><ul><li>No time was given to improve the high school grade, violating the accountability framework! </li></ul><ul><li>New Day Academy has the tools to continue to make significant progress! </li></ul>
  • 6. This Statement is Insufficient! <ul><li>The Impact Statement Does Not Justify Closing New Day Academy! </li></ul>
  • 7. This Statement is Insufficient! <ul><li>The Impact Statement Does Not Justify Closing New Day Academy! </li></ul>
  • 8. On the contrary…. In an e-mail sent to reporters by DOE spokesman William Havemann, “low ELA and Math proficiency rates” were given as a reason for closing New Day Academy. Student performance in the middle school and high school is higher than the majority of peer schools! 1
  • 9. 2009 Middle School Progress Report 1 Student performance in the middle school and high school is higher than the majority of peer schools!
  • 10. ELA Math 1 Student performance in the middle school and high school is higher than the majority of peer schools!
  • 11. But once again…. In an e-mail sent to reporters by DOE spokesman William Havemann, “low graduation indicators” from the 2008-2009 school year were given as a reason to close New Day Academy. 1 Student performance in the middle school and high school is higher than the majority of peer schools!
  • 12. 2009 High School Progress Report 1 Student performance in the middle school and high school is higher than the majority of peer schools!
  • 13. Graduation Rate Weighted Rate 1 Student performance in the middle school and high school is higher than the majority of peer schools!
  • 14. <ul><li>2009 was the first ever graduating class. It includes students who spent less than one month in school. </li></ul><ul><li>The 2009 Graduation Rate was: </li></ul><ul><li>Equal to the city’s 4-year graduation rate </li></ul><ul><li>13% higher than the District 12 4-year average </li></ul><ul><li>8% higher than the District 12 average </li></ul>More on the Graduation Rate 1 Student performance in the middle school and high school is higher than the majority of peer schools!
  • 15. <ul><li>The proposal to phase-out and eventually close New Day Academy is based on the Department of Education’s (DOE) determination that the school lacks the capacity to significantly improve student performance. </li></ul><ul><li>- Page 1 </li></ul>2 New Day Academy has shown significant improvement in student performance.
  • 16. 2 New Day Academy has shown significant improvement in student performance. ELA and Math Scores of Incoming Students (MS peer index) New Day Middle Lowest incoming scores in D12
  • 17. 2 New Day Academy has shown significant improvement in student performance.
  • 18. ELA and Math Scores of Incoming High School Students 2 New Day Academy has shown significant improvement in student performance. Weighted for Poverty, Sp Ed, ELL, Overage and other factors (DOE HS peer index)
  • 19. Progress of 2005 High School cohort <ul><li>When the students entered in the 9 th grade, just 7% of the class had demonstrated ELA proficiency and only 13% demonstrated Math proficiency. </li></ul><ul><li>Four years later, 56% of these students passed the ELA Regents and graduated high school! </li></ul>2 New Day Academy has shown significant improvement in student performance.
  • 20. <ul><li>… Decisions about the consequences a school will face are based on the school’s Progress Report grades, Quality Review scores , and a variety of other factors. </li></ul><ul><li>- Page 1 </li></ul>3 Other city and state evaluations have given high ratings to New Day Academy!
  • 21. 3 Other city and state evaluations have given high ratings to New Day Academy! New York City DOE School Quality Review 2008-2009: Proficient 2007-2008: Proficient 2006-2007: Proficient <ul><li>Every year we have earned a Proficient, the second highest rating, on the School Quality Review </li></ul>
  • 22. 3 Other city and state evaluations have given high ratings to New Day Academy! New York City DOE School Quality Review Some Highlights • The school routinely identifies trends in student progress and performance and determines students’ strengths and areas of need . • Teachers enhance students’ interest in their lessons by connecting them to real world examples. • The principal and the faculty work together effectively to do what is best for students, earning them the trust of the community they serve. • The school offers students and their parents a comprehensive set of supports and activities that bridge the cultural differences between home and school.
  • 23. 3 Other city and state evaluations have given high ratings to New Day Academy! New York State and Federal Accountability Report: In Good Standing <ul><li>Every year we have been in good standing with New York State and the Federal No Child Left Behind Act. </li></ul>
  • 24. 4 No time was given to improve the high school grade, violating the accountability framework! Under the DOE’s accountability framework, schools that receive an overall grade of D or F on the Progress Report are subject to school improvement measures. If no significant progress is made over time , a leadership change (subject to contractual obligations), restructuring, or closure is possible. - Page 1 The phase-out violates this framework: No time has been given after the progress report grade to make the “significant progress”!
  • 25. 4 No time was given to improve the high school grade, violating the accountability framework! <ul><li>New Day Academy received its first High School Progress Report this year. </li></ul><ul><li>New Day Academy has shown the ability to help many low-achieving incoming students graduate with a Regents diploma. </li></ul><ul><li>All aspects of the Learning Environment Survey results, the calculated score and relative score to our peer group, actually increased. </li></ul>
  • 26. 5 New Day Academy has the tools to continue to make significant progress! Under the DOE’s accountability framework, schools that receive an overall grade of D or F on the Progress Report are subject to school improvement measures. If no significant progress is made over time, a leadership change (subject to contractual obligations), restructuring, or closure is possible. - Page 1 No measures were taken to remedy any perceived problem. A leadership change was made, but NO time was given to make progress!
  • 27. Principal Ganales She can help us!!
  • 28. Who is Ms. G? <ul><li>She has worked for 2 years as part of the Children’s First Network (one of the best rated networks in the city). </li></ul><ul><li>She has coached schools with a focus on accountability: assessment, scheduling, and curriculum, just to name a few!! </li></ul><ul><li>She believes in New Day Academy’s philosophy and vision. </li></ul><ul><li>The faculty all know Ms. G!!! </li></ul>1
  • 29. How do we know Ms. G can help us? <ul><li>18 years of experience in education administration. </li></ul><ul><li>As principal in Compton, California, she entered a school with a history of rioting and considerable gang influence. </li></ul>2
  • 30. How do we know Ms. G can help us? <ul><li>In one year, Ms. G increased the school’s attendance rate by 60%! By the following year it continued to climb to 86%! </li></ul><ul><li>She created an active Student Government Association, creating unity and morale in the school! </li></ul><ul><li>The school went from 4 years of rioting, prior to Ms. G, to no riot incidents at all during her tenure. </li></ul>2
  • 31. <ul><li>Experience as the Grant Administrator for Paramount High School. </li></ul><ul><li>A grant was given for her to improve the school within 3 years. </li></ul><ul><li>When she arrived, the school was a High Priority school (a failing school). </li></ul>How do we know Ms. G can help us?
  • 32. What happened? <ul><li>Ms. G worked with administration and department leaders in all core subjects to create curriculum and program changes. </li></ul><ul><li>Within the first year, student scores on the High School Math Exit Exam went up from a 19% pass rate to a 69% pass rate. </li></ul>
  • 33. New York City Experience <ul><li>Dean at Lafayette High School. </li></ul><ul><li>Assistant Principal at Midwood High School </li></ul><ul><li>Evening High School Principal at Washington Irving High School. </li></ul>
  • 34. So why is it important for you to know this about Ms. G? <ul><li>So that we, NEW DAY ACADEMY, can have the CHANCE to CHANGE with Ms. G’s HELP !!! </li></ul>
  • 35. <ul><li>Student performance in middle school and high school is higher than the majority of peer schools! </li></ul><ul><li>New Day Academy HAS made significant progress with students in middle school and high school! </li></ul><ul><li>Other city and state evaluations have given high ratings to New Day Academy! </li></ul><ul><li>No time was given to improve the high school grade, violating the accountability framework! </li></ul><ul><li>New Day Academy has the tools to continue to make significant progress! </li></ul>

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