Mayor Bloomberg, Chancellor Walcott and Senior Administration Officials Visit the 22 City Schools Ranked In Top 25 Statewide As Measured By the New, More Rigorous Common Core Exams

09/16/2013

In 2001, none of the Top 25 Elementary and Middle Schools in New York State Were Located in New York City

DSC_0209 Today, 22 of the Top 25 Schools in the State Are in New York City

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott and Administration officials today visited the 22 New York City Schools now ranked in the top 25 statewide on the new more rigorous common core exams. In 2001, none of the top 25 schools in the state were New York City public schools, and Mayor Bloomberg, Chancellor Walcott and other officials today visited the 22 New York City schools now ranked in the top 25 in the state to congratulate students and thank teachers, principals, administrators and staff for their dedication to continuing the remarkable improvement of New York City schools. The Mayor visited the Talented and Gifted School for Young Scholars, a kindergarten through Eighth grade school in East Harlem. A full listing of the schools visited made by Administration officials is below.

“These schools’ success outperforming the best schools in the rest of the state represents the incredible transformation that has taken place in our city’s schools over the past twelve years,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “There was once a time when even the best New York City schools struggled to compete with other school districts in the State; now, the opposite is true, and the best schools in the rest of the state are trying to keep up with New York City’s best schools. Our teachers, administrators, and students deserve our thanks and praise for their hard work.”

“The transition to Common Core learning standards has been years in the making, but as demonstrated by these 22 schools, New York City is adjusting to the higher standards as well as anyone could have hoped,” said Chancellor Walcott. “I am extremely proud of the work being done in our schools to better prepare our students for life after graduation.”

Senior administration officials today have been visiting all of the 22 top schools throughout the day to thank the teachers, students, administrators for reaching such a major accomplishment. These 22 schools include traditional public schools as well as public charter schools and are in neighborhoods citywide. 7 of the 22 schools visited today were opened under the Bloomberg administration.

Under the new Common Core standards, students are required to think critically, read more difficult passages and books, and spend more time writing. In English, when students share their opinions, teachers are asking them to use evidence to back up their arguments more often. In math class, students are developing more real-world applicable skills that they will be able to use in future courses and jobs. This year, for the first time, the third- to eighth-grade State exams began to assess these abilities. This year, the Department of Education has invested more than $100 million in teacher development in part to help train teachers on the new Common Core-aligned curriculum.

PS 77 Lower Lab School: Founded in 1988, the Lower Lab School is an elementary school where students are encourage to develop an inquisitive attitude towards their academic studies. Students are regularly expected to work both independently and in groups to research information and communicate what they’ve learned to their peers. The Lower Lab School’s interdisciplinary curriculum includes music, art, science, and Spanish. Principal Mara Koetke’s mission is to provide students with a curriculum that focuses on the analysis of information as well as creating new knowledge. This school was visited by Deputy Chancellor David Weiner.