ERIC Number: ED464162
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar-8
Reference Count: N/A
Office of the State Comptroller, State of New York [Letter to the Commissioner of Education and the Chancellor of New York City Board of Education: Follow-Up Review of "Monitoring Improvement Efforts of Schools with Low Standardized Test Scores"].
This letter reviews actions by the New York State Education Department and New York City Board of Education as of January 2002 to implement recommendations contained in a prior audit report. The audit found that the Department and the Board did not always perform adequate analysis to determine the effectiveness of various consultant programs being used by schools to improve performance on state standardized tests. It also found that improvement programs were not always effective, and some schools were able to improve performance without any program help. The follow-up review found that the Department and the Board made considerable progress in implementing prior audit report recommendations. This letter describes improvements related to the six prior audit report recommendations: developing the capability to adequately determine which resource allocation and program initiatives work most and least effectively at improving academic performance; ensuring that all school improvement programs are evaluated independently for effectiveness; determining why some school improvement programs are more effective than others; monitoring performance trends at below-standard schools and determining which schools are improving and why; ensuring that any revised performance data submitted by schools are verified or appropriately documented; and developing a method for evaluating the performance of schools with small test populations. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: New York State Office of the Comptroller, Albany.