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COMMISSIONER MILLS NAMES 15 NEW SURR SCHOOLS,
ANNOUNCES 5 OTHERS TO CLOSE

SEVEN SURR SCHOOLS IMPROVE ENOUGH TO COME OFF THE LIST

EIGHT CURRENT SURR SCHOOLS TO CLOSE

State Education Commissioner Richard Mills today placed 15 Schools Under Registration Review SURR and reached agreements with New York City and Poughkeepsie to phase out and close five schools that otherwise would have been named to the SURR list.

In addition, seven schools have improved enough to come off the SURR list. And eight current (SURR) schools will be phased out and closed.

These actions bring the total number of Schools Under Registration Review to 68 statewide, 32 of them in New York City.  

Of the new schools placed under registration review this school year, six are in New York City, four in Rochester, two in Syracuse and one each in Albany, Buffalo and Mount Vernon. Of the seven removed schools, four are in New York City, and one each in Buffalo, Syracuse and Wyandanch.

Commissioner Mills said, “The smaller number of schools this year reflects in part the significant improvement of many schools in grade 3-8 English and math.  We will now work with each of the new SURR schools to help them raise student achievement.”

The Commissioner announced that he has reached agreements with the Chancellor of the New York City public schools and the superintendents of the Buffalo and Yonkers School Districts to phase out a total of eight current SURR schools (five in NYC, two in Buffalo and one in Yonkers). 

Five schools that would have been placed on the SURR list will be closed, four in New York City and one in Poughkeepsie.

Last year, the cutpoints for SURR identification were raised by eight points on the School Performance Index for Grade 3-8 English and high school English and math. The cutpoint for Grade 3-8 math was not raised because to do so would have required that the cutpoint be set higher than the NCLB goal that is used to determine whether a school has made Adequate Yearly Progress. However, many of the lowest performing schools in the State showed strong gains in performance last year. Therefore, the number of schools farthest from State standards declined from 05-06 to 06-07 despite the increase in the cutpoints. This, combined with the aggressive efforts of some districts to close low-performing schools, resulted in fewer schools being identified for registration review this year.

Since 1989, 308 schools have been identified for registration review. Of these, 204 have been removed because of improving academic performance, including 112 that have been removed since 2001. An additional 60 schools that did not meet their performance targets have been closed by school districts, including five last year. 

The level of achievement that schools were required to demonstrate to avoid possible consideration for registration review was a Performance Index of 98 in Elementary-Middle Level English, 85 in Elementary-Middle Level math, and 108 in high school English and mathematics. 

Attached are lists of schools identified for, and removed from, registration review.

ATTACHMENT A

New Schools Identified for Registration Review

January 2008

School

District

Criterion

Cutpoint for
Farthest from
State Standards

2006-2007 Performance

Phillip Livingston Magnet Academy

Albany  

3-8 Math

85

81

P.S. 11 Poplar Street Academy

Buffalo  

3-8 ELA

98

80

Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School

Rochester  

3-8 Math

85

78

Bioscience and Health Career High School at Franklin

Rochester  

3-8 ELA
3-8 Math

98
85

93
56

School of Engineering and Manufacturing

Rochester  

HS ELA

108

105

Global Media Arts High School At Franklin

Rochester  

3-8 ELA
3-8 Math

98
85

91
49

Delaware Elementary School

Syracuse  

3-8 ELA

98

92

Blodgett Elementary School

Syracuse  

3-8 Math

85

77

Nelson Mandela Community High School

Mount Vernon

HS ELA

108

88

IS 286 Renaissance Military and Leadership

NYC CSD 5

3-8 ELA
3-8 Math

98
85

96
84

         

MS 326 Writers Today and Leaders Tomorrow

NYC CSD 6

3-8 Math

85

84

         

PS/IS 224

NYC CSD 7

3-8 Math

85

79

         

MS 201

NYC CSD 8

3-8 ELA

98

91

         

New Millennium Business Academy Middle School

NYC CSD 9

3-8 Math

85

74

Bushwick Community High School

NYC CSD 32

HS ELA
HS Math

108
108

79
52


ATTACHMENT B

Schools Removed from Registration Review

January 2008

District

School

Year Identified

Criteria

Performance Index

Targets

Buffalo

Harriet Ross Tubman

2004

3-8 ELA

123

113

           

Syracuse

George Fowler High School

2005

HS Math

131

117

           

Wyandanch

Milton L. Olive

2001

3-8 ELA
3-8 Math

120
127

118
105

           

2

Legacy High School

2005

HS ELA

133

113

     

HS Math

153

106

9

JHS 117

2001

3-8 ELA

121

118

     

3-8 Math

111

105

9

CIS 219

2003

3-8 ELA

120

113

     

3-8 Math

103

85

13

 JHS 265

2005

3-8 ELA

127

122

Attachment C


SURR Schools to Be Phased Out/Closed

District

School

Year Identified

Year of Closure

Buffalo

Burgard High School

2001

2011

Buffalo

Harvey Austin

2005

2011

Yonkers

Commerce Middle School

2006

2008

NYC CSD 7

PS 156

2004

2009

NYC CSD 7

PS 220

2005

2009

NYC CSD 18

Canarsie High School

2006

2011

NYC CSD 19

Franklin K. Lane High School

2002

2011

NYC CSD 27

Far Rockaway High School

2004

2011

Attachment D

Schools Not Identified for Registration Review Because of Decision to Phase Out/Close School

District

School

Year of Closure

Poughkeepsie

Circle of Courage Learning Center

2008

NYC 10

Walton High School

2008

NYC 12

Business School For Entrepreneurial Studies

2010

NYC 14

J.H.S.  49, William J. Gaynor

2009

NYC 18

South Shore High School

2010

Attachment E

Schools Under Registration Review (SURR)

January 2008

District

School

BEDS

Year Identified*

SED Status – Group

75

PS 12

307500012012

2005

Corrective Action – Group 13A

02

Graphic Communications
Arts

310200011625

2004

Corrective Action – Group 12A

04

JHS  13

310400010013

2006

Corrective Action – Group 14

04

JHS  45

310400010045

2006

Corrective Action– Group 14

05

IS 172

310500010172

2003

Corrective Action – Group 11A (Closing 6/2010)

05

I.S. 286 Renaissance Military and Leadership

310500010286

2007

Newly Identified – Group 15

06

MS 326 Writers Today and Leaders Tomorrow

310600010326

2007

Newly Identified – Group 15

07

JHS 151

320700010151

2004

Corrective Action – Group 12A

07

PS 156

320700010156

2004

Corrective Action – Group 12A (Closing 6/2009)

07

MS 203

320700010203

2006

Corrective Action– Group 14

07

PS 220

320700010220

2005

Corrective Action – Group 13A (Closing 6/2009)

07

PS/IS 224

320700010224

2007

Newly Identified – Group 15

08

JHS 123

320800010123

2005

Corrective Action – Group 13A

08

MS 201

320800010201

2007

Newly Identified – Group 15

08

MS 301

320800010301

2006

Corrective Action – Group 14

08

MS 302

320800010302

2005

Corrective Action– Group 13A

09

JHS 22

320900010022

2006

Corrective Action – Group 14

09

IS 232

320900010232

2006

Corrective Action  – Group 14

09

New Millennium Business Academy Middle School

320900010328

2007

Newly Identified – Group 15

09

IS 339

320900010339

2006

Corrective Action  – Group 14

10

MS 399

321000010399

2003

Corrective Action – Group 11A

13

JHS 258

331300010258

2001

Fourth Year Redesign – Group 9 (Closing 6/2009)

16

JHS 57

331600010057

2005

Corrective Action – Group 13A

16

MS 143

331600010143

2005

Phasing Out – Group 13 (Closing 6/2008)

17

PS 12

331700010012

2005

First Year Redesign – Group 13

17

IS 246

331700010246

2006

Corrective Action – Group 14

18

Canarsie HS

331800011500

2006

Corrective Action – Group 14 (Closing 6/2011)

19

Franklin K. Lane

331900011420

2002

Third Year Redesign – Group 10 (Closing 6/2011)

32

IS 291

333200010291

2005

Corrective Action – Group 13A

32

IS  349

333200010349

2003

Corrective Action  – Group 11A

32

Bushwick Community HS

333200010564

2007

Newly Identified – Group 15

27

Far Rockaway

342700011465

2004

Second Year Redesign – Group 12 (Closing 6/2011)


Upstate SURR Schools

                    
District

                               
School

BEDS

              
Year Identified

                                                                 
Status (Group)

Albany

Philip Livingston Magnet Academy

010100010031

2007

Newly Identified – Group 15

Buffalo

Buffalo Elementary School Of Technology

140600010006

2006

Corrective Action  – Group 14

Buffalo

PS 11 Poplar Street Academy

140600010011

2007

Newly Identified – Group 15

Buffalo

PS 18

140600010018

2002

Third Year Redesign– Group 10

Buffalo

PS 19

140600010019

2003

Second Year Redesign – Group 11

Buffalo

PS 37

140600010037

2004

Corrective Action – Group 12A

Buffalo

Mayor Frank A. Sedita
Community School

140600010038

2001

PS 38 was closed in June 2006 and merged with  PS 77 to become the Frank A Sedita School, effective September 2006

Buffalo

P.S. 53

140600010053

2001

Fourth Year Redesign – Group 9

Buffalo

PS 61

140600010061

2005

Corrective Action – Group 13A

Buffalo

PS 74 Hamlin Park Elementary School

140600010074

2006

Corrective Action – Group 14

Buffalo

PS 76 – Herman Badillo

140600010076

2005

Corrective Action – Group 13A

Buffalo

Burgard High School

140600010101

2001

Fourth Year Redesign – Group 9 (Closing 6/2011)

Buffalo

Grover Cleveland High School

140600010103

2003

Second Year Redesign – Group 11

Buffalo

South Park H.S.

140600010110

2002

Third Year Redesign – Group 10

Buffalo

West Hertel Elementary School

140600010118

2005

Corrective Action – Group 13A

Buffalo

Grabiarz School Of Excellence

140600010129

2006

Corrective Action – Group 14

Buffalo

Harvey Austin School

140600010197

2005

School Added to SURR list as result of Merger of PS 171 and Buffalo Traditional in 2/2005. (Closing 6/2011)

Rochester

Thomas Jefferson High School

261600010063

2006

Corrective Action – Group 14

Rochester

James Monroe High School

261600010066

2006

Corrective Action  – Group 14

Rochester

Joseph C. Wilson Magnet HS

261600010067

2007

Newly Identified – Group 15

Rochester

Frederick Douglas

261600010072

2001

Fourth Year Redesign – Group 9 (Closing)

Rochester

Bioscience & Health Career HS at Franklin

261600010076

2007

Newly Identified – Group 15

Rochester

School for Engineering & Manufacturing

261600010082

2007

Newly Identified – Group 15

Rochester

Global Media Arts at Franklin

261600010084

2007

Newly Identified – Group 15

Rochester

International Finance & Economic Development HS At Franklin

261600010086

2006

Corrective Action – Group 14

Roosevelt

Roosevelt Campus Schools:
Roosevelt High School
Roosevelt Middle School

280208030005
280208030009

1990
2004

Under Jurisdiction of Special Legislative Act. In 2004 the Roosevelt Junior-High School was split into  the Roosevelt Middle School and the Roosevelt High School

Syracuse

Clary Math/Science Magnet Middle School

421800010003

2006

Corrective Action – Group 14

Syracuse

Applied Science Magnet At MLK Community School

421800010018

2006

Corrective Action – Group 14

Syracuse

Seymour Magnet

421800010028

2005

Corrective Action – Group 13

Syracuse

Elmwood Elementary School

421800010029

2006

Corrective Action – Group 14

Syracuse

Delaware Elementary School

421800010041

2007

Newly Identified – Group 15

Syracuse

James A. Shea MS

421800010045

2000

Phasing Out – Group 8 (Closing 6/2008)

Syracuse

Blodgett Elementary School

421800010055

2007

Newly Identified – Group 15

Wyandanch

Wyandanch Memorial HS

580109020003

2006

Corrective Action – Group 14

Mount Vernon

Nelson Mandela Community HS

660900010025

2007

Newly Identified – Group 15

Yonkers

Commerce Middle

662300010054

2006

Corrective Action – Group 14

*Year identified refers to the school year of initial identification, i.e., 1989 means the school was identified during the 1989-90 school year. For former SURR schools that were re-identified, year identified is the year of re-identification.  Group designations are based upon year of most recent identification or redesign.  Schools that are phasing out are eliminating grades and not enrolling new students.