Letter grades on Progress Reports could spell trouble for some schools


DeWitt Clinton High School received its third straight F, while the New School for Leadership and the Arts earned its third consecutive A, on Progress Reports that the Department of Education released on Nov. 13. 

Other area elementary and middle schools receiving A grades included Kingsbridge (PS 7), the Multiple Intelligence School (PS 37) and the Robert J. Christen School (PS 81). 

High schools receiving top marks on the reports, which advocates tout as a way to improve accountability, included the Bronx High School of Science, Marble Hill High School and the High School of American Studies at Lehman College.

Last year, Clinton’s second consecutive F prompted the DOE to threaten to shut down the struggling school. Implications of the third failing mark were not immediately clear.

The Spuyten Duyvil School (PS 24) received a C in the overall category, but an F for school environment. 

The category, which comprises 15 percent of a school’s overall grade, is based on student attendance and satisfaction surveys among students, parents and teachers. 

Faculty discontent with PS 24’s administration apparently has led to low school environment scores for years.

Meanwhile, a D in the student progress category brought the AmPark Neighborhood School’s overall grade to a C. The DOE evaluates student progress based on student improvement in state math and English and language arts tests. 

The DOE said more public school students are prepared to enter college and the workforce upon graduating from high school than ever before, according to a new metric evaluating students. The DOE added that 49.7 percent of graduates from the class of 2012 are currently enrolled in two-year or four-year colleges, vocational programs or public service programs — an increase of 0.9 percent compared to the previous year.

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said in a statement, “The most important job of our schools is ensuring students are on track to succeed in college and their careers. These results are further evidence that the hard work of our teachers and principals is paying off.”


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The Spuyten Duyvil School (PS 24) received a C in the overall category and an F for school environment? Love or hate the Riverdale Review, but they were right about this school. Our kids deserve better. I hope the community gets together and demand immediate improvement because the next grade for PS 24 in the overall category might be a F. And if that happens, there goes everyone's property values.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

From the article: "Faculty discontent with PS 24’s administration apparently has led to low school environment scores for years."

If only there were a local newspaper to get to the bottom of this "apparently!"

Bobby Jones, real estate is precisely why the Press has shown such a stubborn lack of interest in digging deeper at PS 24. Follow the money in the form of ads from real estate firms every week. Those firms don't want prospective clients to see headlines about issues at PS 24 or the mess at RKA, it's terrible for business.

Digging deeper at PS 24 might have also cast a negative light on the Press's favored candidate for city council, whom they provided with discounted advertising in violation of campaign laws.

For the good of the neighborhood and its children, let's hope the Press acts like a real independent investigative paper and gets to the bottom of the problems. Talk to faculty and families, not just the administration and the PA.

Saturday, November 23, 2013