Mixed news for the Rochester City School District in latest NYS Ed. report

Jan 17, 2019

The New York State Education Department is out with new findings in a school accountability report covering all schools, and while some schools in Rochester saw improvement, ten others were added to a list of schools in Receivership.

The Receivership law requires that the lowest-performing schools in the state make rapid improvement to avoid further intervention by the state.

The Rochester City School District says that the state removed 5 of the 7 current RCSD receivership schools out of that status, with one school, number 9, achieving significant improvement.

The 10 schools going into Receivership are elementary Schools 10, 16,19, 28, 33, and the following upper schools: Wilson Foundation Academy, Edison Career and Technology High School, Integrated Arts and Technology High School, Leadership Academy for Young Men, and Vanguard Collegiate High School.

Education department officials found that two other Receivership schools – Monroe High School and Northeast High School– have made "demonstrable improvements," but they remain on the list.

City School officials say the district has 14 schools in "good standing,’"which is an improvement over the last several years.

The state has established some new categories as it assesses a school’s performance. One of the categories is “comprehensive support and improvement” which calls for districts to take various steps to improve.

Rochester had a greater percentage of schools in that category than any other school district in the state. 

Meantime, State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, Board of Regents Vice Chancellor T. Andrew Brown, Regent Wade Norwood and Distinguished Educator Jaime Aquino will hold another community meeting on Aquino’s recent report about the district.

It will be held Thursday, January 24, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at East High School at 1801 Main Street in Rochester.

CITY Newspaper contributed to this story.