The student presents to a panel typically composed of the student's PBAT mentor (the teacher who supervised the writing of the PBAT), a teacher who has had the student before, a teacher who may not have had the student before, a support staff member (Guidance Counselor, administrator, etc.), peers of the student whom s/he has invited, family members (optional), and/or an outside evaluator. There are a minimum of three adults on a student's panel who are official panelists - any additional adults or panelists are requested to be silent supporters.
The Consortium is a coalition of high schools across New York State, that has pioneered the creation of educational communities synonymous with active student learning, exemplary professional development and innovative curriculum and teaching strategies for 21st century students. Many of our schools and leaders have been nationally recognized through such honors as New American High Schools, 21st Century Schools, Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, and Compact for Learning Schools. Consortium schools have devised a system of assessment, which consists of eight components including alignment with state standards, professional development, external review, and formative and summative data. Consortium schools have documented how their work meets and exceeds New York State Regents standards through a system of rigorous commencement-level performance-based assessment tasks. Performance on these tasks is reflected on student transcripts and results are used for college admission. The tasks require students to demonstrate accomplishment in analytic thinking, reading comprehension, research writing skills, the application of mathematical computation and problem-solving skills, computer technology, the utilization of the scientific method in undertaking science research, appreciation of and performance skills in the arts, service learning and school to career skills. Experts external to the schools, from universities and the business world, participate in reviews of student work. The Performance Assessment Review Board, Inc., an external body of educators, test experts, researchers and members of the legal and business world, monitors the performance-based assessment system and systematically samples student work." You can learn more about the Consortium at www.performanceassessment.org
* indicates that like, BCS, this school was just granted a waiver.
Students who complete all the requirements as stated in the waiver get a NY State Regents Diploma. It looks just like any other Regents diploma.
It will last at least through 2014. Other schools in the Consortium have had these waivers since 1995. Their waivers have been renewed and our waiver can also be renewed.
It is effective immediately. Our current 11th and 12th grade classes will graduate with a blend of Regents and PBATs. Our current 9th and 10th graders and all future incoming classes will be expected to graduate with five PBATs (four in core subjects and one other subject). They will also have to demonstrate competency in library/research and technology use. There are other graduation requirements specific to BCS.
The waiver states that our students must take the ELA regents and get a minimum grade of 65. No other Regents are required. (Students who get a grade of 75 or above on the ELA Regents do not need to take remedial English at CUNY colleges. Those with grades below 75 must take remedial English if they go to a CUNY college.)
Please feel free to contact Alyce or Scill if you have any further questions about our waiver.