NYC DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
In 2009-2010, only 8% of students were performing on grade level in English
putting M.S. 571 in the bottom 2% of all middle schools in New York City in English. It is also the lowest-performing middle school in English in District13. In 2008-2009 performance in English was also in the bottom 2% of middle schools in New York City.
In 2009-2010, only 14% of students were performing on grade level in math
putting M.S. 571 in the bottom 4% of all middle schools in New York City in math. In 2008-2009 performance in math was in the bottom 10% of middleschools in New York City.
With so few students performing at grade level, M.S. 571 students must make substantial progress to get back ontrack. Unfortunately, M.S. 571 ranks in the bottom 5% of middle schools citywide in terms of learning growth inEnglish and the bottom 7% of middle schools citywide in terms of learning growth in math. If such poor performancecontinues, M.S. 571 students will fall even further behind their peers in other schools.
M.S. 571 earned an overall D grade last year on its Progress Report, with F grades in the Student Performance,Student Progress, and School Environment sub-sections. This represents a decline from an overall B grade on the
school’s previous two Progress Reports, with D grades for School Environment during both of those years.
The school’s attendance rate continues to be
extremely low. Last year, the attendance rate was 83%, well below thecitywide average of 92% for middle schools. In fact, this attendance rate is among the very lowest for any middleschool in New York City and is the lowest attendance rate for any middle school in District 13.
Safety issues have been a concern at the school. On the 2009-2010 New York City School Survey, nearly one in threestudents
reported feeling unsafe in the hallways, bathrooms, and locker rooms at M.S. 571. Parents also
expressed concerns about their children’s safety, with
17% reporting that they felt their children were unsafe at school.Most teachers
reported that discipline and order are not maintained at M.S. 571.
Demand for the School is Low, Suggesting that Families Are Seeking Better Options
M.S. 571 is located in District 13, which has Middle School Choice. During the Middle School Choice process,students are able to rank their middle school preferences across all schools in the District. Among District 13 studentsapplying to start middle school in September 2010, only 25% of applicants ranked M.S. 571 as one of their top-threechoices.
Despite Our Best Efforts, Performance at M.S. 571 Remains Low
We recognize that M.S. 571 staff members have worked hard to improved the school, but the school has not yet turnedaround.
To help the school’s efforts to improve performance the DOE has
offered numerous supports to M.S. 571,including:
Leadership mentoring, training, and coaching for the principal on recruiting and retaining talented staff, setting schoolwide goals, and developing systems to help implement best teaching practices.
Working with the principal to develop a detailed plan that aligned with
Quality Review, outlined itsstrengths and areas for improvement, established a timeline, and assigned action items to individuals.
Connecting administrators with other schools to learn effective practices that could be replicated at M.S. 571.
Supporting the principal in creating individual teacher goals, developing a plan-of-action for each teacher, andcreating an individualized training plans.
Helping the principal analyze data to find patterns and trends in the performance of various sub-groups of students,particularly English language learners and students with disabilities.
Working with the principal, assistant principal, literacy and math coaches, and a data specialist to develop a datasystem to project and monitor student progress.
Offering professional development to teachers in curriculum planning, student engagement, project-based learning,and designing assessments.