Pay attention to the details. The success of a blended learning program will only come with execution of administrative details, such as the ability of technological devices, wifi, and software programs to operate effectively.
The Great Oaks Charter School of New York City (GO-NYC), a 6-12 school at full implementation, opened with its first 6th grade class in Fall 2013. The school's model is inspired by the Match Education charter schools in Boston and employs the same successful culture of high expectations, parent engagement, and dedicated tutoring corps. GO-NYC has an at-risk preference in its lottery to ensure that at least 25% of the students admitted in the 6th grade each year are English Language Learners (ELL). Its academic model involves teacher-led lessons, sustained tutoring sessions, and customized online content.
Contact: Michael Duffy
Great Oaks Charter School of New York City
1 Monroe St
New York, New York
Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See http://www.engageny.org/sites/default/files/resource/attachments/test_score_release_letter_to_parents.pdf from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes. In 2014-2015 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2014-15 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.
In 2014-2015 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.
Beginning in 2013-2014, the New York State Regents Examination was replaced with Common Core aligned standards. The new Regents Common Core exams test students in math and English. Scores of 65 demonstrate partial mastery of standards and are sufficient to graduate. Scores of 75 or above demonstrate college- and career- readiness and are aspirational scores. No one is required to pass the Common Core to graduate until students who started ninth grade prior to 2013-2014 graduate. Until that time, students who started ninth grade prior to 2013-2014 have the option to take the old Regents exam in addition to the Common Core exam.