Please join CEC15 for a virtual teleconference meeting on WebEx Thursday night, May 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Highlights: D15 District Report and Review of Draft Resolution on Admissions
Dear D15 Friends and Families,
We hope this finds you well, staying safe and enjoying this beautiful day. You and your family are invited and encouraged to attend our upcoming CEC15 teleconference meeting this Thursday night.
The pandemic has brought even closer to the surface the fragile situations that so many of our community members in D15 and throughout the city are facing on a daily basis. And with so much injustice surrounding us, it is more important than ever to have our voices heard.
Decisions that impact student admissions are being made as we speak and YOU have a voice in that conversation.
The DOE is asking for input on next year's admissions plan for screened middle and high schools throughout the city. In District 15 it's a relief to know that our families and students don’t have to worry about that type of stress and burden. Through the D15 Diversity Plan, our community designed a more fair and equitable middle school admission policy, without screens, that has by many measures been a success. AS you know, screened schools still exist throughout the city, and due to the transition to remote learning, the DOE will have to determine a process for 2021 school admission to screened middle and high school. They are seeking your input and have shared the following data points to consider:
Students perform slightly worse in marking periods, on average, compared to final grades, especially high-needs students.
6th grade state test scores match 7th grade scores better than 3rd grade scores match 4th grade scores.
20% of 4th graders and 16% of 7th graders perform at least one level worse on state exams in 3rd grade and 6th grades.
1 in 5 students do better on the state exams in 4th grade than in 3rd grade.
Of the top performers in 4th grade, ~62% were in the top in 3rd grade.
The fact remains, that screening perpetuates segregation. Now, more than ever, we need consistent and equitable systems across the board that acknowledge the trauma our children are facing, and provide opportunities for academic achievement that allow our children to flourish. We stand by the success of the D15 Diversity Plan and have drafted the attached Resolution to Support Removal of Middle School Screens. Please share your feedback.
If you can't make it to the meeting, feel free to send your thoughts via email to CEC15@schools.nyc.gov and to EnrollmentFeedback@schools.nyc.gov
This is an important moment to have your voice heard and an opportunity for D15 to really lead the conversation on Equity and Excellence. The DOE, Mayor and Chancellor must hear as many perspectives and anecdotal stories as possible. Share your experiences and let us know how things changed for you and your family when screens were removed from D15's Middle Schools.
This is a moment to rethink what Excellence can be.
And with that in mind, we want to remind you that there are 3 vacant seats on our council. We are actively seeing applications for new CEC15 members. Please use the attached application to apply, or tell a friend. The Council Member Guide is also attached for your review. Be a part of the change!
Call in details for Thursday's meeting below.
Call in number: (515) 604-9058
COMMUNITY EDUCATION COUNCIL DISTRICT 15
(P)718-935-4267 I E-mail: email@example.com
131 Livingston Street, Room 301, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Council Members: Camille Casaretti (President), Mark Bisard (Co-Vice President 1 & IEP Rep), Antonia Ferraro (Co-Vice President 2), Bess Abrahams (Secretary), Kimmerly Scott (Treasurer), Krystal Cason (Parliamentarian), Iván Banda (BP Appointee), Tia Schellstede (BP Appointee).