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For Release — Tuesday, September 7, 2004
COUNCIL'S 'SCHOOL HONOR ROLL' HONORS 242 SCHOOLS
THAT HAVE IMPROVED THE MOST SINCE 1999
ALBANY—The Business Council today published a new “School Honor Roll” listing 226 elementary schools and 16 middle schools across New York State that improved the most on the state’s standardized tests between 1999 and 2003.
Schools that improved their average scores by at least 20 percent in both math and English Language Arts (ELA) tests on both the fourth and eighth grades made the honor roll.
“As students and teachers return to school this month, they must remember that better learning and teaching are doable, and this School Honor Roll proves it,” said Business Council President Daniel B. Walsh. “New York’s most improved schools are in all parts of the state, come from communities with widely varying levels of wealth, and show widely varying levels of spending per pupil.”
To produce the honor roll, The Public Policy Institute, the research affiliate of The Business Council, analyzed data from the state Education Department (SED) on the performance of all schools in the state on fourth-grade and eighth-grade tests in both English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics in 1999 and again in 2003.
On those tests, students’ results are rated at four levels of proficiency, with 4 denoting the highest level of achievement. A rating of 3 is considered meeting the state’s standards; a grade of 4 is considered exceeding them.
To make The Council’s School Honor Roll, both elementary and middle schools had to show at least a 20 percent improvement in the percentage of students who scored at level 3 or 4 on both the ELA and math tests between 1999 and 2003.
Of the elementary schools on the School Honor Roll:
- 39 are considered high-need urban suburban schools.
- 15 are considered high-need rural schools.
- 27 are large-city schools outside of New York City.
- 98 are in New York City.
- 43 are considered average-need schools.
- Four are considered low-need schools.
The Business Council each year uses these same test-results data to award the Pathfinder Award. The Council gives this award each year to about two dozen schools in 12 regions around the state. Winners are those schools that show the most improvement from one year to the next on students’ standardized tests scores. Many of the schools on the School Honor Roll are previous winners of the Pathfinder Award.
The new School Honor Roll continues The Council’s tradition of applauding schools that best meet the challenge to improve, Walsh said.
Elementary schools on The Council’s School Honor Roll are:
Albany County: Albany City School District:
Arbor Hill Elementary School. South Colonie Central School District:
Roessleville School; Veeder Elementary School.
Cattaragus County: Randolph Central School District: G.N. Chapman Elementary School.
Chautauqua County: Ripley Central School District: Ripley Central School. Jamestown City School District: Clinton V. Bush Elementary School.
Delaware County: Roxbury Central School District: Roxbury Central School. Charlotte Valley Central School District: Charlotte Valley School.
Dutchess County: Poughkeepsie City Schools: Governor George Clinton School; Columbus School. Beacon City School District: J.V. Forrestal Elementary School.
Erie County: Buffalo City Schools: P.S. 69 (Houghton Academy); P.S. 68; P.S. 28 (Triangle Academy). Evans-Brant Central School District: A.J. Schmidt Elementary School. Depew Union Free School District: Cayuga Heights Elementary School.
Essex County: Lake Placid Central School District: Lake Placid Elementary School.
Franklin County: Salmon River Central School District: St. Regis Mohawk School.
Fulton County: Mayfield Central School District: Mayfield Elementary School.
Genesee County: Pavilion Central School District: D.B. Bunce Elementary School. Elba Central School District: Elba Elementary School.
Herkimer County: Frankfort-Schuyler Central School District: Reese Road Elementary School.
Jefferson County: Belleville Henderson Central School District: Belleville Henderson Central School. Carthage Central School District: Carthage Elementary School.
Madison County: Brookfield Central School District: Brookfield Central School. Morrisville Eaton Central School District: Edward R. Andrews Elementary School.
Monroe County: Rochester City Schools: School 14 (Children’s School of Rochester); School 33 (Audubon School); School 1 (Martin B. Anderson School); School 50 (Helen Barrett Montgomery School); School 54 (Flower City Community School); School 7 (Virgil Grissom School); School 3 (Nathaniel Rochester K-5 School); School 44 (Lincoln Park School). Hilton Central School District: Quest Elementary School. East Irondequoit Central School District: Durand Eastman Elementary School; Laurelton-Pardee Intermediate School. Rush Henrietta Central School District: Emma E. Sherman Elementary School.
Montgomery County: Canajoharie Central School District: East Hill School.
Nassau County: Freeport Union Free School District: Archer Street School; Bayview Avenue School; Leo F. Giblyn School. Hempstead Union Free School District: Ludlum School; Fulton School; Franklin School; Jackson Main Elementary School; Marguerite Golden Rhodes School. Elmont Union Free School District: Dutch Broadway School; Gotham Avenue School. Uniondale Union Free School District: Northern Parkway School; Smith Street School; California Avenue School; Walnut Street School, Valley Stream 13 Union Free School District: Willow Road School. Westbury Union Free School District: Powells Lane School; Drexel Avenue School. North Bellmore Union Free School District: Jacob Gunther Elementary School. Valley Stream 24 Union Free School District: Robert W. Carbonaro School. Malverne Union Free School District: Maurice W. Downing School.
Manhattan: District 1: PS 34 (Franklin D. Roosevelt School); PS 20 (Anna Silver School). District 2: PS/IS 126 (Jacob Riis School); PS 198 (Isador & Ida Straus School) PS 1(Alfred E. Smith School). District 3: PS 166 (Manhattan School for the Arts). District 5: PS 133 (Fred R. Moore School) PS 46 (Tappan School).
Bronx: District 9: PS 204 (Morris Heights School; PS 35 (Franz Siegel School); PS 109 (Sedgwick School). District 10: PS 32 (Belmont School); PS 24 (Spuyten Duyvil School). District 11: PS 175 (City Island); PS 76 (Bannington School); PS 87; PS 41 (Gun Hill Road School); PS 105 (Senator Abraham Bernstein School). District 12: PS 211; PS 47 (John Randolph School); PS 92; PS 61.
Brooklyn: District 13: PS 270 (Dekalb School); PS 44 (Israel Putnam School); PS 56 (Lewis Latimer School); PS 46 (Edward C. Blum School); PS 9 (Teunis G. Bergen School). District 14: PS 23 (Carter G. Woodson School); PS 196 (The Ten Eyck School); PS 16 (Leonard Dunkly School); PS 257 (John F. Hylan School); PS 380 (John Wayne School); PS 147 (Issac Remsen School); PS 34 (Oliver H. Perry School); PS 18 (Edward Bush School). District 15: PS 38 (The Pacific School); PS 107 (John W. Kimball School). District 16: PS 26 (Jesse Owens School). District 17: PS 22; PS 91 (Albany Avenue School); PS 138; PS 398 (Walter Weaver School); PS 167 (Parkway School). District 19: PS 108 (Sal Abbracciamento School); PS 345 (Patrolman R. Bolden School). District 20: PS 112 (Lefferts Park School). District 21: PS 153 (Homecrest School of Music). District 22: PS 245; PS 139 (Alexine A. Fenty School); PS 251 (Paederagat School). District 23: PS 150 (Christopher School); PS/IS 298 (Dr. Betty Shabazz School); PS 178 (St. Clair Mckelway School); PS 184 (Newport Street School). District 32: PS 384 (Frances Carter School); PS 123 (Suydam School).
Queens: District 24: PS 87 (Middle Village School); PS 68 (The Cambridge School); PS 49 (Dorothy Bonawit Kole School); PS 153; PS 19 (Marino P. Jeantet School); PS 13 (Clement C. Moore School); PS 14 (Fairview School); PS 7 (Louis Simeone School). District 25: PS 154; PS 201 (Kissena School); PS 22 (Thomas Jefferson School); PS 165 (Edith K. Bergtraum); PS 21 (Edward Hart School). District 27: PS 60 (Woodhaven School); PS 124; PS 118 (Lorraine Hansberry School); PS 106; PS 63 (Old South School). District 28: PS 82 (The Hammond School); PS 80 (Thurgood Marshall School); PS 50 (Talfourd Lawn School); PS 99 (Kew Gardens School); PS 121; PS 86; PS 117 (The Briarwood School); PS 54 (Hillside School); PS 219 (Paul Klapper School). District 29: PS 181 (Brookfield School); PS 36 (St. Albans School); PS 132 (Ralph Bunche School); PS 131 (Abigail Adams School); PS 195 (William Haberle School); PS 38 (Rosedale School). District 30: PS 149 (Christa Mcauliffe School); PS 166 (Henry Gradstein School).
Staten Island: District 31: PS 41 (William G. Wilcox School); PS 26 (Carteret School); PS 19 (Curtis School); PS 45 (John Tyler School); PS 55 (Henry M. Boehm School); PS 30 (The Westerleigh School); PS 29 (Bardwell School).
Niagara County: Niagara Falls City School District: Geraldine J. Mann School; Seventy Ninth Street School; Hyde Park School; Maple Avenue School. Royalton-Hartland Central School District: Gasport Elementary School.
Oneida County: Utica City School District: Thomas Jefferson Elementary School; John F. Hughes Elementary School; General Herkimer Elementary School. Rome City School District: Bellamy School.
Onondaga County: Syracuse City School District: Blodgett Elementary School; Delaware Elementary School; Danforth Magnet Elementary School; Dr. Edwin E. Weeks Elementary School; Webster Elementary School.
Ontario County: Manchester-Shortsville Central School District: Red Jacket Elementary School.
Orange County: Newburgh City School District: Meadow Hill Global Explorations Magnet School; Vails Gate High Tech Magnet School. Valley Central School District: Maybrook Elementary School. Port Jervis Central School District: N.A. Hamilton Bicentenial School.
Oswego County: Fulton City School District: J.E. Lanigan School.
Otsego County: Oneonta City School District: CTR Street Elementary School.
Rockland County: East Ramapo Central School District: Hillcrest Elementary School; Lime Kiln Elementary School. Haverstraw-Stony Point Central School District: West Haverstraw Elementary School.
St. Lawrence County: Gouverneur Central School District: West Side Elementary School; East Side Elementary School.
Schenectady County: Schalmont-Rotterdam Central School District: Jefferson Elementary School.
Steuben County: Corning City School District: Hugh W. Gregg Elementary School.
Suffolk County: Brentwood Union Free School District: North Elementary School; Northeast Elementary School; Loretta Park Elementary School; Laurel Park Elementary School; Oak Park Elementary School. Amagansett Union Free School District: Amagansett School. Longwood Central School District: C.E. Walters School.
Sullivan County: Liberty Central School District: Liberty Elementary School.
Tioga County: Waverly Central School District: Lincoln Street Elementary School; Chemung Elementary School.
Tompkins County: Ithaca City School District: Beverly J. Martin Elementary School.
Ulster County: Kingston City School District: Frank L. Meagher School.
Warren County: Lake George Central School District: Lake George Elementary School. Johnsburg Central School District: Johnsburg Central School.
Washington County: Fort Ann Central School District: Fort Ann Central School. Granville Central School District: Granville Elementary School.
Wayne County: Palmyra-Macedon Central School District: Macedon Elementary School.
Westchester County: Mt. Vernon Central School District: Holmes School; Edward Williams School; Cecil H. Parker School; Hamilton School; Longfellow School; Nellie A. Thorton School; Lincoln School; Graham School; Pennington-Grime School. Port Chester-Rye Union Free School District: Thomas A. Edison School; John F. Kennedy Magnet School. Yonkers City School District: Paideia School 24; School 30; Casimir Pulaski School; School 11 Montessori School; School 22; Foxfire School; Montessori School 31; Paideia School 15; Robert C. Dodson School; Family School 32; School 14. New Rochelle City Schools: Jefferson Elementary School. Elmsford Union Free School District: Alice E. Grady Elementary School.
Middle Schools or schools with 8th grade
Allegany County: Andover Central School District:
Andover School. Belfast Central School District: Belfast School.
Franklin County: Chateaugay Central School District: Chateaugay High School.
Nassau County: Westbury Union Free School District: Westbury Middle School. Uniondale Union Free School District: Turtle Hook Junior High School. Island Trees Union Free School District: Island Trees Middle School.
Manhattan: District 78: Professional Performing Arts High School. Community School District 2: School-Future.
Brooklyn: District 14: IS 318 (E.M. Dehostos School). District 15: MS 51 (W. Alexander Middle School). District 17: M S 340 (North Star Academy); PS 189 (Lincoln Terrace School).
Oneida County: Utica City School District: John F. Kennedy Middle School.
Otsego County: Milford Central School District: Milford Central School.
Saratoga County: Schuylerville Central School District: Schuylerville Junior Senior High School.
Westchester County: Port Chester-Rye Union Free School District: Port Chester Middle School.