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Schools' progress reports released

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The grades for more than a thousand city schools were announced Monday. More schools have ended up on the Department of Educations' watch list based on factors that include test scores and attendance. 

If a school gets an F, a D or three Cs in a row there is a chance that school could close. But it's important to note when parents go to look up these scores on the DOE's website, there will be a few changes to how the DOE came up with the score.

One is the doe is taking a student's grade of core courses (English, math, science and social studies) into consideration.

Another stat you'll see on the report is how well the students are doing in 9th grade to determine if a middle school prepares kids well for high school.

While there hasn't been much change in the scores from this year to last, what has changed is the number of school on the DOE watch list or the list the DOE looks at when it decides which schools to close.

In 2011, 116 schools were on that list. This year, that jumped to 217. The DOES said that is because this is the third year since the state revised its test scores, bringing in lots of lower grades.

Interesting notes: Queens was the highest performing borough and charter schools outdid traditional public schools in these reports.

The high school scores will be available at the end of this month.

Some highlights:

  • 304 schools received an A, 421 received a B, 365 received a C, 80 received a D, and 23 received an F. 35 new schools and schools in phase out received reports with no grade.
  • Grades remained stable across the city and for individual schools, as 86 percent of schools did not change more than one grade from 2011; 97 percent of schools were within two grades.
  • Queens was the highest performing borough and District 26 was the highest performing district.
  • Charter schools earned a higher percentage of As, and had a higher average percentile rank than district schools. 46% of charter schools earned an A.

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