January 21, 2010

Education commissioner identifies 57 schools as 'persistently lowest achieving'

Source: NYSUT News Wire

State Education Commissioner David Steiner today identified 57 schools in seven districts as 'persistently lowest achieving,' making them eligible for new funding and major intervention to turn them around.

NYSUT is working closely with local union leaders in the identified districts. All of the leaders are committed to collaborating on ways to turn the schools around.

NYSUT leaders noted that ending the achievement gap has been a high priority mission for the union, with several initiatives underway. The opportunity for these schools to qualify for new funding offers the prospect of much-needed resources to help in this effort.

Union researchers note there has been significant and steady progress in turning around schools serving high-need populations.

More information on this new watch list and a Q&A are linked below.

State Education Department Resources