News12 The Bronx reports “Entire class at Bronx charter school aces algebra Regents.”
That message is amplified in a New York Post article on July 1, 2019 about this stunning achievement titled “Entire Bronx Success Academy class aces statewide math exam.”
There are a couple of messages in this.
The New York State Regents Exams are that state’s equivalents to Kentucky’s KPREP tests. The school involved here is the Regents at Success Academy Bronx 2 Middle School, and the test was for Algebra I, a course usually not offered in Kentucky until high school.
First observation: This charter school has its Regents results back before July. Kentucky probably doesn’t get to see its KPREP results for about two more months or more. So, teachers in New York now have time over the summer to adopt their curriculum based on the test results before the next school year gets going. In Kentucky, with some schools starting up again early in August, the ability to calmly adjust curriculum before the next school year gets going just isn’t an option.
Second observation: News12 says Algebra I is normally a Grade 9 test in New York, which makes the results for this group of middle school charter students even more remarkable. The fact that the school happens to be located in the “poorest congressional district in the United States” per News12 adds to the impact.
By the way, the New York Post adds:
So, it appears that all eighth-grade students in the Bronx 2 Success Academy took the test. This doesn’t seem to be just a selected group of the school’s students.
In contrast, the Post also says:
This is what a well-run charter school can do.
Kentucky could use schools like the Bronx 2 Success Academy. It’s sad that vested interests keep us from getting them and it’s time for the legislature to step up to the plate and fund these alternative public schools.