The New Academic Year 2007-2008
Reflections from a CEO
For the 2007-08 school year, Empowerment Schools in NYC have nearly doubled to 496. Schools are grouped into 22 self-selected networks of 20-25, with a Network Leader and support team of 4 selected by the principals themselves. The job of the team is to get to “yes” as quickly as possible when a principal calls with a request or problem as a means of removing obstacles to student success.
Our student achievement results last year were better than the citywide averages, with Empowerment Schools improving by 1.5% on the State ELA Exam, as compared to an increase of .1 for all city schools; and, 8.8% on the Math Exam, as compared to 8.1%. Our goal is to demonstrate that by shifting responsibility, resources, authority and accountability from the central office to the schools themselves, more students will be more successful.
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Eric Nadelstern is the CEO of Empowerment Schools, NYC.