NYC schools serving students with high needs often earn low grades

11/7/2011 | New York Post

New York City high schools that serve more students with special needs or students who are overage or low-performing in math and reading more likely are to receive lower grades from the state, a newspaper analysis shows. "I believe absolutely the deck is stacked against us," said Bernard Gassaway, principal of a high school that received a failing grade this year. Schools that repeatedly earn low grades often are those eventually slated for aggressive interventions, which include closure.

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