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South Side High School in Rockville Centre is among the best on Long Island, according to new rankings. (Patch file photo)
Lorraine DeVita April 24, 2014 at 01:24 pm
WHY are you getting into a religious discussion here? . Because quite frankly there is a LitanyRead More of ills one can place at the foot of the Churches doors when it comes to Poverty Wealth and EXCLUSION that even the new JESUIT POPE agrees need to be addressed. This article is about a list of schools, NOT Catholic Schools but PUBLIC HS SCHOOLS on Long Island that have been ranked nationally for their academic excellence... Sadly for all the self proclaimed accolades , back patting, and ballyhooing made by many SD's on LI the fact remains only 14 LI schools made the list. NOW taxpayers and parents alike should be asking WHY rather than make excuses.
brookhavenconfucius April 24, 2014 at 02:08 pm
Grace, you live in an oligarchy...It doesn't matter how much 'interest' parents take in school. AsRead More long as there are sufficient numbers, to pay taxes and support the Expensive Day Care facilities, schools have become, that's ALL that matters.
Christopher Wendt April 24, 2014 at 03:20 pm
Parents should simply ignore this whole thing. Taxpayers without kids in school should vent theirRead More frustrations here, but only after deciding what are their own expectations for placement on this kind of a list in terms school tax rate ranking, and, whether or not magazines are proper arbiters of school performance, versus, let's say, the State Education Department, or the colleges to which the students in your district apply. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- There are 31,242 public high schools in the U.S. 38% or 11,811 schools were not eligible because the magazine could not find enough data to include them. One of the main factors was AP and/or IB courses, both participation and performance; interestingly, some great schools, like Chaminade, do not offer AP courses, and even if they did, were not eligible because they are non-public, and provide no data to the database on which the list was based. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- How good or bad did YOUR district do? Well the top 100 high schools represents 0.3% of all high schools, less than one third of one percent. In order to have gotten (or to not have gotten) the proper value for your school tax dollars, your school district would have had to have been (on to not have been) in the highest one third of one percent of school tax rates in the country. With 11.3% (14 schools) among LI's roughly 124 Public High Schools making the list, that is extraordinarily and disproportionately good...make that great!
monkey lewis April 24, 2014 at 01:45 am
communist core=Obamas whore
Pat Richards April 24, 2014 at 07:04 am
@monkey Lewis, It's not communist, it's fascist. The state and business working together. FascistRead More Mussolini called it corporatism.
DebinRye April 24, 2014 at 08:13 am
Hmmm . . . I keep hearing paranoia from left and right, but how are we to truly evaluate theRead More education we are paying for? Like so many issues that confront us today, there is no light; only heat. No method will be perfect. And, no disrespect intended, but I'm not sure parents are best situated to evaluate the efficacy of their children's education. After all, most were products of the very system we so desperately need to improve. We need SOME objective measure. Any ideas?
Billy Joel applauded and smiled during at the “The River of Dreams: A Billy Joel Tribute Concert” in Glen Cove. Credit: Glen Cove School District
loving lindy April 11, 2014 at 03:38 pm
I have not been on the Patch in some time and see this nice story about Billy Joel and of courseRead More there is a negative comment by "Get Off My Lawn." Why can't you just say nothing. Why need to comment. This is why no one reads the Patch anymore. Everyone gets so tired of the toxic people. I agree with Carol H. Enough already. Nicely done Billy! Now I am officially done with this on-line news thread. So please Get Off My Lawn, educate us all how "you are entitled to your opinion." No one cares!
teena April 11, 2014 at 07:05 pm
so sick of hearing everyone blaming the parents. the show ended, the parents were all leaving (toRead More get back to work!) and billy joel was sitting right by the exit. all the parents had to pass him. the 'mob' that bothered him for autographs was teachers who brought out their soloist along with their parents. he left because half the auditorium was leaving!
Gabe Gonsalves April 14, 2014 at 10:34 am
Billy Joel is a class act.......I know him from my younger days. The man is true to his roots.
Photo: @EARizzo57 Twitter
Irish Rover April 9, 2014 at 10:51 pm
Liz, my point is a reality about home values. Not a stretch as you suggest. I know a principal whoRead More invited local realtors in for open houses to demonstrate how well the school was doing to offset the negative publicity portrayed by media. I saw firsthand parents who relocated to another school based on test scores. Parents don't trust realtors, they look on Greatschools.com and see a test score. Newspapers and news outlets report test scores, they don't take the time to break down why they schools score low let alone why they score high. Most parents won't spend the time to interview or do a walkthrough for a public school before attending.
Irish Rover April 9, 2014 at 10:53 pm
Liz, not to beat a dead horse, do your own research about test scores and home values. I think youRead More will be convinced.
Irish Rover April 9, 2014 at 11:18 pm
Disgusted, you are talking about teacher union leadership. IMO Tenure and teacher unions are killingRead More the quality of American education. Be accountable or get out of the profession.
Rob April 1, 2014 at 01:22 pm
Very insightful article...I believe this is whats known as trolling. My interaction with the PatchRead More is really waning. Since when is it acceptable to upload pictures of twitter posts and call it journalism?
Lorraine DeVita April 6, 2014 at 01:40 pm
And it was BECASUE of the warm fuzzy teacher that we spent hundreds of dollars monthly for tutors.Read More I would send her a belated bill if she is still around..
yeahitzme April 6, 2014 at 02:18 pm
We all agree what a vital impact teachers have on their students and all of our children...whoRead More surely are the future of society. We all want what is best for all and there is no one exact road or method to get there...adapting and being flexible depending on any situation is a skill that that garners best results...finding what works and building upon that will most likely have positive results. And yes...mushy is definately not the desired method of instruction and yes...those tutoring bills can add up quite fast with the going rate...Unfortunately...my child had one of those no nonsense teachers and that was the subject I was paying those tutors for...A child that shuts down...can't learn...that approach did not work for them. I am sure there is a comfortable middle ground where both firm and supportive instruction can coexist successfully for both teacher and student. I think it comes down to a respect from and for the teacher! We all know it only takes a short moment to tear something down that may have taken years to build up....Teaching is not easy in any regard...but the rewards are great...as Marion accidentally found out on Facebook when feedback from long past students confirmed...she had gotten things "right" in her instruction along the way... Great effort from all involved is required to achieve success in most cases..albeit that natural prodigy genius that is very rare to come by! May we ALL be successful...and joyful...whichever road we choose!
Lorraine DeVita April 6, 2014 at 05:52 pm
Excellent points! Going too far in either direction has consequences...mostly negative. RespectRead More to me must be earned or at the very least in some cases retained , title or position, alphabet soup before or after a name , does not automatically grant respect. The PERSON earns the respect ...... ie- .the OFFICE of the president deserves respect despite WHO is sitting in the chair, the Person who is IN the job needs to earn the respect OF the title.
New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John King fielded angry questions and comments at a Common Core forum on Long Island in 2013.
Commack Resident March 21, 2014 at 11:02 am
My son is a top student in 4th grade. He easily passed the new Common Core State ELA and Math testsRead More last year. This year, he is NOT taking them. I have no doubt he would "pass" again, but, really, is there any real value to passing a meaningless test? He consistently earns top scores on all classroom exams. He reads at an 8th grade level. He has nothing to prove, and I will not allow my 9 year old child to sit through more than 12 hours of tests to prove what we already know...he can read, write and do math at, at least, a 4th grade level. It is not kids like my son that I am concerned about. Other children are the ones hurt most by these tests. Like the little boy we know, who is one of the best math students in his grade, yet gets pulled from the classroom to attend mandatory remedial math instruction because of poor performance on last year's state tests. No one- not his parents, his teacher, or the remedial instructor-thinks this boy needs remedial instruction. Yet, it is mandatory because of a poorly written, ambiguous exam, that failed to test the concepts that the children were taught in the classroom. Many, many students are in similar situations. I am not against standardized tests in general. I allowed my son to take them last year and he performed well. Now that I realize how utterly meaningless the state tests are in their current form, and also just how many hours these poor little children are forced to sit through to take them, I am vehemently opposed to them. We have notified the school, in advance, of our decision to refuse the tests this year. I urge all parents to do the same. We will continue to refuse the tests every year, until the subject matter being tested actually has a real relationship to what the kids are being taught in the classroom, and until the 12 hour-long evaluation is reduced to a more reasonable length, one that 8 and 9 year olds can actually be expected to sit still and concentrate for.
Aidan April 11, 2014 at 10:04 pm
http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2014/03/17/how-common-core-standards-kill-creative-teaching
Case closed April 23, 2014 at 08:01 pm
Parents are being told to attend tutoring for common core so they may help their children. If theRead More wheel ain't broke Stop trying to fix it. Case closed
Protesters stand outside of the News 12 studio in Woodbury on Monday to demand Gov. Andrew Cuomo to fix or scrap the controversial new Common Core curriculum. Credit: Monica Gleberman
Aidan April 13, 2014 at 05:56 am
Just trying to educate you … over and over again.
David April 13, 2014 at 02:18 pm
@Elsie I'll grant that it's a hard question for second grade. Students can show divisibility byRead More showing 12 being split into 4 equal parts, and again into 6 equal parts, with a diagram, but I think few second graders would get this right. Any second grader who gets this right is showing unusual mathematical talent, or at least unusual advancement in meeting common core standards. Don't we want to allow such unusual talent to be recognized? Especially in elementary grades these days, there seems so little opportunity for it these days.
Elsie April 18, 2014 at 04:23 pm
@David -- Talent should be recognized by differentiating instruction. Those 2nd graders who can doRead More this should, those who can't should be taught at a level that is more developmentally appropriate for them. There is very little room for enriching those students who should be or helping those students who need it using the Engage NY Modules. I am not a teacher but I have looked at the NY modules and the CC standards. I believe that teachers can address CC standards without the developmental inappropriateness of the NY requirements.
brad livingston February 5, 2014 at 08:50 am
SEAFORD opening on a two hour delay...LOL....better charge the no show teachers with a snow dayRead More excussal.........love to see who shows so they can be publically thanked for dedication and those that stayed in bed charged a day.
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concerned resident February 3, 2014 at 07:55 am
levittown schools are open!!! this is a joke every dist. is closed around us- i hope they have aRead More good plan to get the kids home safe!!!!!!!!
elizabeth baptiste February 3, 2014 at 09:10 am
How much snow is expected? So much for an early spring.
Karen February 3, 2014 at 10:33 am
Enough winter snow! Where's Global Warming when we want it back on a temporary basis?
Jenn January 31, 2014 at 08:46 am
This common core insanity has got to stop. What they are expecting our first graders to do in theRead More first month of school is just crazy. In the 1st month of school, our kids were asked to derive a 3 digit equation from an existing 2 digit equation. -- It may be straight forward for an older kid, but they're just 6 and beginning school. This is one giant experiment and they have no idea how or if it will work until it runs for many, many generations. At that point, it will be too late.
The Barnum Woods Elementary School Student Council recently donated $700 to the March of Dimes Foundation.
grace lopez January 7, 2014 at 12:58 pm
Wonderful work BW!!! As a grandmother of premies, I have to say that I am sure that were not for theRead More work of March of Dimes, they would not be here today. Thank you for your hard work.
Jon L. December 19, 2013 at 09:40 am
Calls to the Superintendant were not returned because the soon to be exiting Buffalo Bob and Mr.Read More DeAngelo don't like the Patch. It's not the Herald that they can control the story. Don't hold your breath waiting for return calls Mike.
paul December 19, 2013 at 07:20 pm
....and what did we learn at this meeting?
SimonCarr December 20, 2013 at 10:15 pm
The Common Core is a money grab by the textbook/software companies and the elected board of ed. isRead More in the Superintendent's pocket. Oh, and few if any students will benefit from the millions spent on this shell game. You shoulda been there...