De Blasio said the city had created its first online learning model in about a week.
“Next year is going to be the greatest school year in New York history,” said de Blasio. “I want to set the bar that high right now. “
De Blasio said a priority was to make sure that all seniors who were ready to graduate do so.
The mayor has promised help to any student who needs it. De Blasio said that 247,000 iPads were distributed to students across the system. He said any family that a student needs an iPad can call 311 or contact NYC.gov.
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He described the new grading standards:
- For Kindergarten to Grade 5 students, the new grading standards will be either “Meets Standards” or “Needs Improvement”
- For middle school students, there will be three levels: conforming to standards, improving needs and courses in progress
- High School Students: There will be traditional grades and a grade point average, but there is also an option for students to choose to have a “pass” grade instead of a traditional grade. If they need more time, there will be a current course designation.
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“The goal here is not to make the students fail. I cannot think of any educator who would say “I want to be a teacher because I want to fail the students”. The goal is for the students to master the material. It has always been the goal. So if some students need more time, this is a perfect opportunity to actually create this system where students get this time, “said Carranza.
Carranza said the “course in progress” assessment will identify students whose teacher does not know how far a student has been able to address a subject. There are various reasons why this assessment can be made, said Carranza.
De Blasio and Carranza noted that the students already had half a year of notes in the books, and those notes will always count.
De Blasio also announced that New York City is planning a virtual graduation ceremony for all New York City public school students, promising that it will never be forgotten.
“We are going to do a big virtual citywide graduation ceremony. We are going to have a big celebration of seniors in New York high schools. We are going to make it something very special, ”said de Blasio. “We will give you something that you will remember for the rest of your life and that you will cherish. We will bring together very special guests to celebrate you, to greet you. “
Further details of the celebration were to be revealed in the coming weeks, said de Blasio.
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