Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott on Monday released the annual progress reports for the more than 500 New York City high schools, transfer high schools and Young Adult Borough Centers.
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.
“Our high schools play an important role in student outcomes beyond K-12,” said Chancellor Walcott. “By measuring how well our schools prepare students for college and careers, the Progress Reports shine a light on the importance of increased rigor as a bridge to future success.”
So how did the public high schools in Bed-Stuy fare? To follow is each school's average grade, peer index and percentile ranking citywide:
- Brooklyn High School for Law and Technology, 1396 Broadway, Principal Michael Prayor: A, 1.69, 72
- Boys and Girls High School, 1700 Fulton Street, Principal Bernard Gassaway: F, 1.44, 1
- Bedford Academy, 1119 Bedford Avenue, Principal Adofo Muhammad: A, 3.01, 92
- Brooklyn High School for Leadership and Community Service, 300 Willoughby Avenue, Principal Georgia Kouriampalis: B, 1.22, 23
- The Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance, 125 Stuyvesant Avenue, Principal Dannielle Darbee: Not yet ranked*
- Bedford Stuyvesant Preparatory High School, 832 Marcy Avenue, Principal Darryl Rascoe: C, 1.79, 37
- Brooklyn High School of Communication Arts and Media, 300 Willoughby Avenue, Principal James O'Brien: B, 1.93, 29
Keep in mind, each school's "peer group" index also should be taken into consideration when looking at a school's grade. A peer group is a group of schools with similar student populations; they are determined based on a comparison of student performance on ELA and Math test scores, as well as special education status and age upon entry in high school that serve approximately the same grade levels
In Bed-Stuy the historic Boys and Girls High School continues to struggle, making the challenge to keep the school's doors open even greater. Bedford Academy, as in years past, is showing stellar performance.
But most impressive is Brooklyn High School for Law and Technology. Only six years ago, when it was under the auspices of ACORN High School, the school was struggling with high gang violence and poor graduation rates. Since its re-sturcturing, under the leadership of former principal Karen Watts, and then its current principal Michael Prayor, the school has completely turned around to bring its current report up to an A.
To see each school's full report card, visit the DOE's website here.
*Schools not yet ranked are categorized as such for a variety of reasons, i.e., a discrepancy in scoring or the school that has not yet graduated a senior class, etc.