Summarizing Learning Environment Surveys from Manhattan High Schools
Learning Environment survey results came out over a month ago. Most people ignore them. Quite a few look at their own school, or schools of a few friends, or a school or two that’s been in the news. Scan 16 pages of tabulated results, and move on. But I decided to look. Maybe the data was readily available. I don’t know. But I searched for schools in the Bronx with grade 9, and downloaded the pdfs. I published an intro, and later a discussion here, and then full results to questions about competence, trustworthiness, support, and collaboration at the New Action website.
And now a friend has done the same for Manhattan high schools.
Four questions were summarized:
The Principal is an effective manager who makes the school run smoothly (Is s/he competent?)
I trust the principal at his or her word (Is s/he trustworthy?)
To what extent do you feel supported by your principal? (Is s/he supportive?)
School leaders invite teachers to play a meaningful role in setting goals and making important decisions for the school (Is s/he collaborative?)
Each question had four responses possible: Strongly agree, Agree, Disagree, or Strongly Disagree for all but the third question, there the responses were: “To a great extent,” “to some extent,” “to a small extent” or “to no extent.” We considered both the percent in the two positive categories, and the DoE’s ‘score’ (they used a 3-2-1-0 weighting, rating each question from 0 to 10).
Is there a clear pattern? As in the Bronx, transfer schools tended to be well-regarded by their staffs, though with exceptions. The average percentage and score in each and every category was slightly higher than in the Bronx. In particular, the absolute number of principals who Manhattan HS teachers don’t trust is about half that of their colleagues in the Bronx.
Full data sets will start going up today. It will be a few days before all four are posted.
For now, the superlatives, those principals rated the best (and the worst) on the teachers’ section of the Learning Environment Survey:
|most competent||Herb Mack||Urban Academy Lab HS||Transfer||100||9.8|
|most competent||Brett Kimmel||Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School||6-12||100||9.6|
|least competent||Alexandra Rathmann-Noonan||*Urban Assembly School for Green Careers||9-10, eventually 9-12||20||2.6|
|least competent||David Glasner||Urban Assembly Academy of Government and Law||Campus (Seward Park)||13||2.9|
|most trustworthy||Ingrid Roberts Haynes||Forsyth Satellite Academy||Transfer||100||10.0|
|least trustworthy||Ron Smolkin||Independence HS||Transfer||32||3.0|
|least trustworthy||Evelyn Collins||Manhattan Theatre Lab HS||Campus (MLK)||33||3.1|
|least trustworthy||Henry Rubio||A Phillip Randolph HS||9-12||28||3.6|
|least trustworthy||Anne Geiger||HS of Arts and Technology||Campus (MLK)||31||3.4|
|most supportive||Ingrid Roberts Haynes||Forsyth Satellite Academy||Transfer||100||10.0|
|most supportive||Sam Fragomeni||Harlem Village Academy Leadership Charter School||6-12, Charter||100||9.9|
|least supportive||Alexandra Rathmann-Noonan||*Urban Assembly School for Green Careers||9-10, eventually 9-12||33||3.3|
|least supportive||Stephanie Vu||Community Health Academy of the Heights||6-12||37||3.7|
|most collaborative||Herb Mack||Urban Academy Laboratory HS||Transfer||100||10.0|
|most collaborative||Louis Delgado||Vanguard HS||Campus (Julia Richman)||100||9.9|
|most collaborative||Gary Biester||Columbia Secondary School||6-12||100||9.8|
|least collaborative||Darlene Miller||The NYC Museum School||D2||18||2.4|
* The Urban Assembly School for Green Careers had a very low response rate: only 6 of 20 teachers appear to have completed surveys.