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New School Progress Reports Could Mean School Closures

Schools that received D and F grades, as well as those that consistently receive C grades, will be investigated by the city Department of Education.

Elementary and middle school report cards were released on Monday, and 150 schools earned only mediocre results for the third straight year, prompting many to believe that more schools could be closed soon.

According to the New York Times, a quarter of the schools received A grades, while nine percent of schools got slapped with D and F grades. Education Department officials announced that in addition to the D and F schools, they will also look into “triple-C” schools, or schools that haven’t earned better than a C grade in the past three years. According to the paper, the number of these triple-C schools jumped from 5 last year to 114 this year.

In all, 304 schools received A’s, 421 received B’s, 365 received C’s, 80 received D’s and 23 received F’s, which, according to the paper was on par with last year’s results.

At Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill schools, grades were largely mixed. For example:

  • PS 372, The Children's School received an A
  • PS. 58, The Carroll School received a B
  • PS. 32, Samuel Mills Sprole School received an A
  • PS 261, Philip Livingston School received a C
  • PS 38, The Pacific received a C
  • New Horizons School received a B

Shael Polakow-Suransky, chief academic officer for the Education Department, called the new assessment practices for schools “richer,” as well as tougher and more balanced.

The Times says that officials will finalize a list of schools marked for “early engagement” by next week – meaning schools that may close, have a principal replaced, or other stringent measures. Including high schools, 40 schools were on that list last year.

Jessica Tolliver October 02, 2012 at 03:02 PM
What about PS 29? I think it should be listed here too, as one of our neighborhood schools.
Jessica Pollard October 02, 2012 at 03:42 PM
ps 29 got a C, mostly because scores did not improve on math and english
C. McCarthy October 03, 2012 at 02:21 AM
P.S. 32 received an A for the 2011-2012 school year, not a C.
Joanna Prisco (Editor) October 03, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Thank you for the catch, C. McCarthy. It has been corrected.

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