Report Cards For Public High Schools Show Mixed Results
Updated: Updated 11/27/2012 08:24 AM
By: Lindsey Christ
When the Department of Education released report cards for city high schools Monday, some new factors went into determining the grades -- factors where there is large room for improvement. NY1's Lindsey Christ filed the following report.
While almost half of city students enroll in college, Shael Polakow-Suransky, the city's Chief Academic Officer, thinks schools can do more.
"We want our principals and our teachers and our guidance counselors helping kids make a plan," Polakow-Suransky said.
Just 29 percent of the city's high schoolers are considered ready for college four years after entering high school.
Those criteria now account for 10 percent of each high school's score, with the rest based on students' progress, their actual performance and how parents, teachers and students rate the school's environment.
Even with the low college readiness numbers, there was an increase in the number of city high schools earning "A" and "B" grades -- 72 percent overall.
Boys and Girls High School was not one of those schools. It earned an overall grade of "F" for a second year in a row.
"Boys and Girls is the pride and joy of Bed-Stuy," one student said. "So hopefully it don't shut down."
But now it may shut down. Along with letter grades, the DOE announced Monday the 24 high schools it's considering closing this year and Boys and Girls is on the list.
A hallmark of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's education strategy has been the controversial policy of closing struggling schools and opening new schools in their place.
Now in the administration's final year, 60 schools are at risk, including three dozen elementary and middle schools announced in early October.
"Obviously this is a very difficult decision, the most difficult one we make," Deputy Chancellor Marc Sternberg said.
Last year, two dozen schools were closed, but Bloomberg's plan to remove half the teachers at 24 additional schools was halted by the courts.
The High School for Graphic Communication Arts was one of those schools. Now it's also earned a second "F" in a row and is back on the "at risk for closure" list. So is Lehman High School, which earned "D" grades for the past two years.
Now each has to make a case for why it should be spared.
"What we want to do is speak with members of the community to measure the extent to which there is a plan for dramatic improvement and the capacity to execute on that plan," Sternberg said.
To find your school's report card, visit schools.nyc.gov
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