an A! My school got an A on our NYC Progress Report, a new form of accountability that takes into account a variety of factors, including incoming students’ past performance on standardized tests, their performance and growth from year-to-year, parent, teacher, and student survey results regarding school environment, safety, etc., and so on. The statistical analysis that goes into this is complicated, and being the type of people that we are, we had a lot of questions about the validity of particular measures. Nevertheless, it paints an overall picture of a school, and ours looks pretty good. And the most exciting part? Better than an A? We’re in the 92nd percentile of all middle schools in the whole city. The thing that I like about the progress reports is that it compares us to comparable schools in terms of incoming students, which is both a push for us to challenge ourselves by taking on new stuff like special education, and takes the wind out of the sails of those who would attribute our success only to the caliber of students we accept. No: we’re doing a good job even compared to other schools with students like ours (though most schools in our “peer horizon” serve a more affluent population), AND compared to everyone in the city. Not that it’s a competition, but I’m a competitive person and I like to know where I stand. I made a cake to celebrate but can’t remember how to post pictures from flickr.