New York State education officials have targeted 124 struggling NYC schools for turnaround under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), state education officials said Thursday.
The troubled schools, which include Herbert H. Lehman high school in the Bronx and Frederick Douglass Academy in Manhattan, will be required to implement turnaround plans and submit to extra oversight from the state.
If they don’t improve, after more than five years some of the schools on the list could face possible closure.
But state Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia said Thursday that the program aims to help schools improve rather than shut them down.
“New York’s ESSA plan is designed to improve equity in student outcomes,” Elia said.
“With these new school accountability determinations, a community engagement process is started to develop and implement evidence-based strategies to increase student achievement,” she added.
The new list of troubled city schools published by the state is based on new criteria created by the state under federal ESSA regulations.
It’s a different system for identifying troubled schools than was previously employed by the state under federal No Child Left Behind laws that preceded ESSA.
But some of the schools on the list, including Lehman and Frederick Douglass, appeared on previous lists of troubled schools complied by the state.
In an unrelated press conference at City Hall, Mayor de Blasio said that some of the schools flagged by the state for poor performance would be receiving added resources.
“Whenever we see that list we focus on those schools,” de Blasio said of the state’s tally of troubled schools.