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Summarizing Learning Environment Surveys from Manhattan High Schools

August 11, 2011 pm31 12:31 pm

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:

principal school type percent DoE score
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.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    August 12, 2011 am31 12:03 am 12:03 am

    I remember interviewing for a job with David Glasner in a Starbucks. I’m glad I didn’t end up at his school.

  2. Anonymous permalink
    August 12, 2011 am31 8:19 am 8:19 am

    Under the second response for Herb Mack, the school is Urban ACADEMY Laboratory HS, not Urban ASSEMBLY HS. Can you please change this? Urban Academy has no connection with Urban Assembly schools. Thank you.

    • August 12, 2011 am31 9:53 am 9:53 am

      Thank you. I will correct it immediately.

  3. JBL permalink
    August 20, 2011 am31 11:30 am 11:30 am

    I’m enjoying the dissection of this data. One minor remark: it’s very difficult for me to read your table — it would be easier if the high-scoring principals were on top and the low-scoring ones were on the bottom.

  4. August 21, 2011 pm31 3:26 pm 3:26 pm

    The Principal at the Urban Assembly for Performing Arts did not show up for an interview. Apparently they actually hired someone between the phone call I received asking to come in for an interview, and the actually day of the interview. (The time between these two instances was a mere twenty four hours). He, “forgot” to tell me not to bother to come in. I’m APPALLED by the lack of professionalism.

  5. January 13, 2012 pm31 6:15 pm 6:15 pm

    Good program.


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