See Gotham: http://gothamschools.org/2013/02/28/in-a-twist-uft-gets-attacked-over-its-charter-school-co-location/
In a letter sent home to parents today, Evelyn DeJesus, the school's board president, wrote that the U.F.T.'s school test scores dropped in both English and math under the new Common Core tests. The school's elementary division scored in the top quarter in mathematics tests for its district, however, and in the top half for English.
DeJesus described middle school grades as "a constant source of concern." To try to address the issue, the school has moved its 6th, 7th, and 8th grades from a high school building into an elementary school building to build off the existing success of the elementary program.
New Common Core standards have been a hot-button subject for the union; as U.F.T President Michael Mulgrew has called for a moratorium on high-stakes consequences for the tests, and has criticized the roll out of the new standards while insisting that the Common Core is still good for teachers and students.
DeJesus also released the school's first graduation rate: 93 percent of the school's first batch of seniors graduated in June.
"With your help, our goal is to see that all our students leave the U.F.T. charter school prepared for college or for a career," she wrote.
The U.F.T. school recently announced that it would opt out of the city's controversial new teacher evaluation system, one of 80 schools able to opt out after rejecting federal Race to the Top funding.