2011 high school progress reports released

October 24, 2011 9:49:32 AM PDT
Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott on Monday released the fifth annual progress reports for 495 high schools, transfer high schools and young adult borough centers in New York City.

The reports award letter grades to schools based on student progress toward graduation, performance on standardized tests and coursework and student attendance, as well as surveys of parents, students and teachers about their schools.

For the first time, the reports also measure how many students in each high school take and perform well in advanced courses, graduate ready for college and enroll in a college after graduation.

As in previous years, schools received additional credit for progress made with students with disabilities and English Language Learners.

Also new this year, as part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Young Men's Initiative, schools were awarded points for high graduation rates by black and Latino males who entered high school struggling academically.

"Our message to schools is clear," Walcott said. "Students need to be meeting a higher bar and doing more rigorous work if they are going to be ready for life after high school. It's important that our principals, teachers, students and families are on the same page in this effort and understand the goal is not just graduating, but graduating college and career-ready."

Although individual school grades were generally stable, with increases in graduation requirements and tighter standards for measuring credit accumulation and scoring Regents exams, fewer schools received an A this year than last year.

This year, 32.7 percent received an A, 31.6 percent received a B, 24.0 percent received a C, 8.2 percent received a D, and 3.6 percent received an F. In 2010, 38.3 percent received an A, 29.7 percent received a B, 21.6 percent received a C, 6.9 percent received a D, and 3.6 percent received an F.

Other highlights include:

  • 128 schools received an A, 124 schools received a B, 94 schools received a C, 32 schools received a D, and 14 schools received an F. Officials say 103 new schools that did not yet have a graduating class and schools phasing out received reports with no grades.

  • Grades remained stable for individual schools, as 90 percent of schools maintained the same grade or changed by one grade from 2010; 99 percent of schools were within two grades.

  • Six of the 11 Staten Island high schools receiving grades earned an A. A lower percentage of high schools in Brooklyn (28 percent) and the Bronx (29 percent) received an A than those in Queens (34 percent) and Manhattan (38 percent).

  • High schools opened since 2002 continue to outperform older high schools, and the trend is more pronounced when comparing schools with unscreened seats. This year, 39 percent of high schools with unscreened seats opened in 2002 or later received an A, compared to 23 percent of schools with unscreened seats opened before 2002.

    To learn more about the Progress Report, visit Schools.NYC.gov/ProgressReports. Information about other aspects of the city's accountability system is available at Schools.NYC.gov/accountability.