The state Education Department says nine Rochester schools facing closure or a state takeover have made improvements.
The schools, James Monroe High School, Northeast College Prep, Enrico Fermi (School 17), Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (School 9), East Lower School, East Upper High School, Roberto Clemente (School 8), Mary McLeod Bethune (School 45), and Nathaniel Rochester (School 3), have all shown “demonstrable improvement” under state guidelines.
All nine schools were marked as “struggling” or “persistently struggling” by the state. Kodak Park (School 41) was also marked as struggling by the state and has since been closed.
The state says most “struggling” schools, 49 of 52, across the state showed progress. However, three Syracuse schools will be placed in receivership.
Commissioner MaryEllen Elia says the results show improvement, but there’s still plenty of work to be done.
“While a significant majority of New York’s struggling and persistently struggling schools are making progress to improve teaching and learning for our children, we know more needs to be done to ensure every child receives the education he or she deserves,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa said. “That is why the Board of Regents and I are focused on providing equity in education for all students. District and school leaders, teachers, school staff and other stakeholders continue to work hard to implement strategies that are leading to increased student success.”
In Rochester, the state has assigned an adviser, Distinguished Educator Dr. Jaime Aquino, to lead a turnaround effort in the district. Last month, Dr. Aquino issued a report looking at failures in the district.