Members of the school community gathered at Midwood High School, located at 2839 Bedford Avenue, on Tuesday evening, November 14th, for Community District Education Council 22’s (CEC 22) monthly meeting, also streamed live to the public.
Superintendent Julia Bove and Deputy Superintendent Matthew Melchiorre shared District 22’s standardized test scores, which had been previously embargoed. They were happy to discuss the analytics and report that scores in both English Language Arts (ELA) and Math were up across the board, with very few exceptions. ELA scores across all grades were up two points since last year, and 21 points since the superintendent took on her position in 2014. Math scores across all grades were also higher than ever, with a 10-point increase since last year alone. Bove explained that the students’ success, especially in Math, had a lot to do with being back in the classroom, where they could engage in hands-on learning and group work again. She also said that the i-Ready assessment program that was used this year helped administrators to identify gap areas where kids needed additional resources that were then remedied prior to the actual exams.
Since District 22 will be taking on most, if not all, of the undocumented immigrant children who will be moving into the hotly-contested Floyd Bennett Field shelter (which can house 2,000 people) in the coming weeks, Bove assured the community that the situation was well in hand. She explained that her team had already registered the children of some 80 such families last week and had a sound plan to place students in a way that would not encumber any one school in particular. The superintendent said that the District would hold clothing drives to ensure these students had warm jackets for the winter as well as food drives and assistance with anything else the kids needed.
To further accommodate these families, District 22 will be holding a parent workshop called “Know Your Rights,” presented by the New York Immigration Coalition on November 26th at 6:30 p.m., which will include recent changes in Federal Immigration Policy, rights when interacting with immigration officials and resources, with interpretation in Chinese, Russian and Spanish.
The next meeting of CEC 22 will be held on Tuesday, December 5th at 6:30 p.m.