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The triennial Quality Review happens once again

Juan Mendez, Queens superintendent, visited the school on Wednesday November 12 to review and comment on the schools overall performance. He visited with students, parents, and teachers to have conversations about their experiences within the school. Photo by Markella Giannakopoulos
Juan Mendez, Queens superintendent, visited the school on Wednesday November 12 to review and comment on the schools overall performance. He visited with students, parents, and teachers to have conversations about their experiences within the school. Photo by Markella Giannakopoulos

by Markella Giannakopoulos, Co-editor in chief

Juan Mendez, Queens superintendent, visited the school on Wednesday November 12 to review and comment on the schools overall performance. He visited with students, parents, and teachers to have conversations about their experiences within the school. Photo by Markella Giannakopoulos
Juan Mendez, Queens superintendent, visited the school on Wednesday November 12 to review and comment on the schools overall performance. He visited with students, parents, and teachers to have conversations about their experiences within the school. Photo by Markella Giannakopoulos

Through the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), schools are mandated to have Quality Reviews every three years and WJPS was no exception. Every three years, the school gets reviewed and given a report for them to consider and possibly revise for the benefit of the students.

Schools are judged on a variety of standards including the curriculum and if it is engaging and rigorous, the schools environment, quality of goals and their achievements. The superintendent of Queens, Juan Mendez, came to the school on Wednesday, November 12, to conduct the quality review and assign us a new report.

“The Quality Review was developed to assist New York City Department of Education schools in raising student achievement. The process is designed to look behind a school’s performance statistics to ensure that the school is engaged in effective methods of accelerating student learning,” NYCDOE Department of Performance and Accountability said.

Mendez has previously conducted the schools quality review for the 2011 school year and can be found on the schools DOE website. This review is used by other administrators to judge how well their school is compared to others as well as by parents who want to see what school their child should go to.

During the review, Mendez met with students from a variety of grades, parents, and teachers to talk about their experiences in the school. By doing so, Mendez was able to gain a well-rounded view of the school and all that goes on within.

“The English Department represents the school really well. We had a lot of data to supply with him. We discussed students at risk, how what we teach relates to the real world, and project based learning. Now that we have a reputation to uphold as a well-developed school, it pushes us to uphold these high standards and improve across all the classes,” english teacher Ms. Marks said.

 

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