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Ps 23 Carter G Woodson

Public | PK-5 | 296 students

 

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Posted February 1, 2014

we have had only positive experiences so far. small size classes, family atmosphere. the teachers do it with all their heart! we really like this school. have a 5, and a 9 year old attending here. would recommend to other parents as well!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2013

My child started at PS 23 this year (2013) in Grade 4, having moved to Bed Stuy from England, and was made to feel welcome right from the start. The children are friendly and the staff are very focussed on good behavior and discipline. The school is clean and tidy and the classrooms are organized, colorful, and inviting. The teachers are dedicated and hardworking and, in their words: "we are strict but the kids know we love them." My child feels very happy and secure at Carter Woodson and is both challenged and enthused by the school work because the teachers do their best to present the curriculum in a creative way. (When your child comes home and says, "Can I show you a magic trick?" and then proceeds to show you a math equation, that's a good sign!) The school has had budget cuts and runs on minimal resources but the principal, who is into her second year at PS 23, is extremely committed to improving the school in spite of the lack of resources. In my opinion, this is a good little school with old fashioned values and I highly recommend it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2011

its not what it is crack up to be, every year the school looses good teachers , why is that because , some people have big ego ;s than others yes the kids should be put first , but they are not , we have one security guard , who always sitting inside the school , the school. need; s two not one , we also have a charter school , how is one person suppose to protect all those kids, and when he does have to make his rounds who is qualified to do his job , someone s need s to see what; s going on , its very sad , i feel the school need.a whole over haul , feel charter would be good
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2011

I am so tired of people always writing negative comments about the school when they are not there for the day to day work. Just because they say money is missing again because of the PTA doesnt mean the school is bad. Take it up with the PTA, the school was not responsible for that. The students and teachers work really hard on a daily basis to make our school work and remain on top. Please dont let a few situations that are out of the schools control be the only thing you remember. The school also offers many positive things for the school.


Posted February 9, 2011

A high staff turnover and poor staff morale. Students for the most part are sweet kids who want to do well. Clean building shared with a charter school which can be disruptive. There are many interruptions and inconsistent, chaotic, poorly planned, and unsupported programs. Inconsistent leadership. Most teachers are caring and try to do well within their classroom.


Posted July 21, 2008

The staff at P.S.23 are one of the most dedicated people you could ever met. Each and everyone of the staff members take their job very seriously and work very hard for the education and well being of their students. The students are their first priority . Yes, they have had some ups and downs, put when the chips are down the staff work even harder to overcome any obstacles that may hinder the quality of education the students may be faced with. The staff at P.S.23 acts like a family and like any family, they stick together to make it work to help the students, parents and their community. Give the school the opportunity to grow and learn. They are to me an excellent school. They are fair, just and will not accept anything less than high expectations from students, parents and their staff.


Posted January 12, 2004

I am for the most part frightened for the safety of my 7 and 8 year olds. I as a parent complete my part and assist my children with home study but three out of five nights in the week one of my children does not recieve homewaork. I think the intrest in the teachers for teaching is lacking and there are alot of children that should be evaluated and determine if they need further assistance because the teachers there spend more time diciplining students than teaching them which leaves my children on the short end part of the stick because the education that they are coming to learn they can not recieve.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 31% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
20%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
38%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
5%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
19%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
40%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
79%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 31% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
6%

2012

 
 
16%

2011

 
 
29%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
6%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
45%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students14%
Female25%
Male4%
African American9%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic25%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged14%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population16%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant14%

Math

All Students32%
Female35%
Male29%
African American37%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic17%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population33%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant32%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students5%
Female6%
Male5%
African American0%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged5%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population6%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant5%

Math

All Students13%
Female6%
Male19%
African American10%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged13%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population12%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant13%

Science

All Students84%
Female82%
Male86%
African American75%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students6%
Female4%
Male9%
African American7%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged6%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities9%
General population5%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant6%

Math

All Students6%
Female4%
Male8%
African American7%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged6%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities18%
General population2%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English4%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant6%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

In 2009-2010, this school was given a grade of "A" for the elementary school level.

About the tests


Progress Report Grades measure the school's contribution to student learning in three areas: School Environment, Student Performance and Student Progress. Schools can receive additional credit for achieving exemplary performance progress among high-needs students. Progress Report Grades range from A to F.

Source: New York City Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 1 62% 19%
Hispanic 2 38% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 0% 9%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
White 2 0% 48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 19%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 1100%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 15%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 30%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
The NYC Department of Education asked parents, teachers and students about their school's learning environment. Results provide insight into school climate, such as whether the school is academically rigorous, safe, communicative and collaborative. Learn more

The information captured by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn. An overall category score is calculated for each respondent group (parents, teachers, or students) by averaging the scores of the questions within that survey category.

Category scores for each of the respondent groups are then combined to form overall category scores. Alongside the results for each school are the aggregated results across all NYC public schools, which are provided as a basis for comparisons.

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9.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.9
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.0
 

City average

 
8.0
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

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This school
9.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.5
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
8.9
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.3
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
9.1
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents20093%
Teachers2296%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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545 Willoughby Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Phone: (718) 387-0375

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