New interactive school safety map in NYC gives parents tool to see into their child’s classrooms — and compare schools

The 74, an education news site, released an interactive map today that allows parents in NYC to quickly and easily see what students and teachers are saying about how safe their schools are and compare the data to other schools nearby. The results are eye-opening—where just a half mile between schools can make the world of difference between students in a safe environment and a dangerous one.

Max Eden, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, analyzed data from 2015-16 school culture surveys and built the interactive map for The 74 so that parents, armed with the knowledge of what students and teachers think, can call their schools and press them to do better. And principals, armed with data from other schools, can call their peers to have a conversation about what’s working and how to adopt it.

https://www.the74million.org/article/exclusive-how-safe-are-nycs-schools-new-interactive-map-compares-what-teachers-students-are-reporting

Some of the least safe schools in the city according to the data include:
· PS 269 in Flatbush, Brooklyn, which is just about the worst elementary school according to teachers— 81% say order and discipline are not maintained
· Catherine & Count Basie Middle School 72 in Jamaica, Queens where 79% of teachers say order and discipline are not maintained and 75% of students say physical fights happen most or all of the time. 87% of the school’s students say their peers don’t respect each other

Some of the safest schools in the city according to the data include:
· East Brooklyn High School Community High School, where only 5% of students report frequent fighting, only 7% of teachers report disorder, and a remarkably low 11% of students say their peers don’t respect each other
· At P.S. 204 Morris Heights elementary school in the Bronx, only 9% of teachers say discipline and order aren’t maintained

Half-mile makes a world of difference:
Consider: A New York mother who sends her child to P.S. 306 in Brooklyn might be alarmed to learn that 68% of students say physical fights occur “most” or “all” of the time, 80% of students say their peers don’t respect each other, and 80% of teachers say order and discipline aren’t maintained. Whereas, less than a half mile away, at Achievement First East New York, 10% of students say physical fights occur frequently, 35% report disrespect, and only 2% of teachers say order and discipline aren’t maintained.

Charters are generally a safe bet:
For parents in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, New Dawn Charter High School is the safest bet. Only 5 percent of students say they feel unsafe in the halls, compared to 26% at the Cobble Hill School for American Studies, 23% at the Boerum Hill School for International Studies, and 22% at Brooklyn Frontiers High School. This is particularly impressive, given that New Dawn specializes in helping students who have faced significant academic challenges and fallen behind on their credits towards obtaining a high school diploma.

For more info: http://the74million.org/article/exclusive-how-safe-are-nycs-schools-new-interactive-map-compares-what-teachers-students-are-reporting

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