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PR- 008-05
January 04, 2005

MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG AND CHANCELLOR JOEL I. KLEIN ANNOUNCE DROP IN NUMBER OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN NEW YORK CITY IDENTIFIED AS "SCHOOLS UNDER REGISTRATION REVIEW"

Number of Schools Under Registration Review Schools Hits an All-Time Low of 35; 55% Reduction from 3 Years Ago

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein today announced that the number of New York City schools identified as Schools Under Registration Review (SURR) has dropped to an all-time low of 35. The State Education Department identifies schools as SURR based on their performance on Grades 4 and 8 English and math assessments or on the percentage of the high school students meeting graduation assessment requirements in English and math. The number of SURR schools in New York City has dropped dramatically since 1997 when there were 104, with a 24% reduction from last year, and a 55% reduction over the last three years. The Mayor and Chancellor discussed the City's results during a visit to M.S. 88 in Brooklyn, one of 16 schools removed today from the SURR list.

"We continue to reduce the number of SURR schools in New York City and we now have half the number of schools on the list we had 3 years ago," said Mayor Bloomberg. "These results illustrate that our education reforms, from a City-wide curriculum to classroom coaches and new promotion policies, are all making a difference. Each of the schools removed from the list was turned around because of the unwavering commitment of school leaders and educators, and I congratulate all of them on this achievement."
 
"The most important progress we can make as we transform public education in this City is in the achievement levels of our students," said Chancellor Klein. "This year, our students scored higher on math and ELA tests for grades 3 through 8 than ever before. Our students, parents, teachers, coaches, and principals have been working so hard and I commend each and every one of them on their commitment to transforming our City's public schools."

This year, the total number of public schools identified as SURR in New York City dropped to 35 from 46 in 2003-2004 and 58 in 2002-2003. Sixteen schools were removed from the SURR list including five elementary schools, five middle schools, two K-8 schools and three high schools. Seven schools were newly identified as SURR including three elementary schools, one middle school, and four high schools.

The sixteen schools removed from the SURR list are P.S./M.S. 4, P.S. 55, P.S. 64, M.S. 229, P.S./M.S. 315, P.S. 198, and Monroe Academy for Business and Law in the Bronx; Humanities and the Arts Magnet H.S. in Queens; M.S. 292, I.S. 302, M.S. 88, and P.S. 28 in Brooklyn; Marte Valle/CMSP, P.S. 92, and I.S. 195 in Manhattan; and Concord H.S. in Staten Island. The seven schools added to the SURR list are P.S. 230, P.S. 396, J.H.S. 151, P.S. 156, and Monroe Academy for Visual Arts in the Bronx; Far Rockaway H.S. in Queens; and Graphic Communications H.S. in Manhattan.

During the 1997-1998 school year and 1998-1999, there were 104 New York City schools on the SURR list. In 1999-2000 there were 98, in 2000-2001 there were 97, and in 2001-2002 there were 77. During the 2002-2003 school year, there were 58 schools on the list, in 2003-2004 there were 46, and this year there are 35.

Each year since 1989 the State Education Department has identified schools as SURR based on their performance on the Grades 4 and 8 English language arts and mathematics assessments or, at the high school level, on the percentage of the high school students meeting graduation assessment requirements in English and mathematics. As part of the State's strategy to raise the bar for acceptable performance, the standards applied for consideration as a school under registration review become more rigorous from one year to the next.







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