Performance & Accountability

In 2007, principals signed a landmark performance agreement with the City, winning increased autonomy to run their schools in exchange for increased responsibility for the outcomes of their students. With this agreement, the educators who know best what each student needs to succeed got the authority and the resources to make the best decisions for the students in their schools. In return, they agreed to be judged on the results they deliver: the academic progress of their students. 

The DOE develops and manages evaluation tools to hold schools accountable for student achievement, and provides data, tools, and resources that educators and families use to improve schools and support student learning.  


What's Next for Accountability in NYC (Executive Summary, Full Report)

This white paper, released in November 2013, discusses the design and evolution of school accountability in New York City and proposes options to further strengthen it.

Learn more about accountability tools:

Progress Report
Grades schools based on student performance, progress, and school environment

NYC School Survey
Provides feedback from parents, teachers, and students on school environment

Quality Review
Measures how well a school is organized to support student achievement

State and Federal Evaluation 
Measures student achievement according to the federal No Child Left Behind Act and the New York State Education Department

Learn more about achievement resources:

Achievement Reporting and Innovation System (ARIS)
Provides parents and teachers online access to student information and instructional resources

Yearly Testing
Test students take to measure their progress against NYS performance standards
Periodic Assessments 
Provide regular, timely feedback on students’ strengths and weaknesses to help guide instruction and support student progress 
Children First Intensive
Supports teams of educators in using inquiry, data, and collaboration to improve instructional and organizational decision making
Knowledge Sharing
Supports educators in identifying, capturing, and diffusing expertise and innovation across New York City schools

Educational Technology
Professional Development and resources to assist schools in using technology in the classroom