NYC DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
I.S. 231 Has Struggled for Years
The overwhelming majority of I.S. 231 students remain below grade level in English Language Arts and math.
Last year, only 25% of students were performing on grade level in English
putting I.S. 231 in the bottom 44%of schools citywide and making I.S. 231 the lowest-performing middle school in District 29.
Last year, only 21% of students were performing on grade level in math
putting I.S. 231 in the bottom 12% of middle schools in the entire City and again making I.S. 231 the lowest-performing middle school in District 29.
With so few students performing at grade level, I.S. 231 students must make substantial progress to get back on track.Unfortunately, I.S. 231 is in the bottom quarter of middle schools citywide in terms of learning growth in English andin the bottom 5% of middle schools citywide in terms of learning growth in math. If such poor performance continues,I.S. 231 students will fall even further behind their peers in other schools.
I.S. 231 earned a D grade last year on its Progress Report, including D grades on the Student Progress and StudentPerformance sub-sections. I.S. 231 earned an overall grade of C in 2008-2009 and an overall grade of D in 2007-2008,making this the third consecutive year that I.S. 231 earned a grade of C or lower on its annual Progress Report.
I.S. 231 was rated
on its most recent Quality Review in 2009-2010. During Quality Reviews, experiencededucators spend several days visiting a school, observing classrooms, and talking to staff, students, and parents.Schools are rated on a four-point scale
developed” as the highest rating.
During the 2008-
2009, the school’s attendance rate was 92%, equal to the average attendance rate for middle schools
citywide, but still ranking I.S. 231 in the bottom quarter for District 29 when it comes to middle schools.
Safety issues have been a concern at the school.
On the 2010 New York City School Survey, one in threestudents
reported feeling unsafe in the hallways, bathrooms, and locker rooms at I.S. 231. Parentsalso worry about the safety of their children at I.S. 231, with 24% reporting that they felt their children wereunsafe at school.
Demand for the School is Low, Suggesting that Families Are Seeking Better Options
I.S. 231 is a zoned school, but only 35% of zoned students attend. This means that 65% of students who areguaranteed a seat at the school choose to enroll elsewhere.
Despite Our Best Efforts, Performance at I.S. 231 Remains Low
We recognize that I.S.231 staff members have worked hard to improve the school, but the school has not yet turned
around. To help the school’s efforts to improve performance, t
he DOE has provided numerous supports to I.S.231including:
Offering the principal extensive training on using the Quality Review rubric as a tool for school improvement,formative assessments, Coordinated Early Intervention Services (CEIS), and ARIS, and on understanding NewYork State Education Department Differentiated Accountability (AYP) and essential learning outcomes.
Helping the principal develop I.S. 231’s
Comprehensive Education Plan and set school-wide goals.Connecting administrators with other schools to learn best practices that could be replicated at I.S. 231.
Training for teachers on individualized instruction, comprehension strategies, teaching English languagelearners, analyzing data and using it to inform instructional decisions, aligning formative assessments tostandards, and classroom management strategies.Working with I.S. 231 to implement Action 100, a program
that helps educators identify students’ level of
understanding in individual subjects and strategies to help students improve.Restructuring the school into small learning communities.Helping I.S. 231 reorganize its school day into double period time blocks in order to maximize the time studentsspend on lessons.
Guidance on implementing grant funding: $35,000 was used for coaching arts teachers, integrating the arts intoinstruction, partnering with cultural groups, math tutoring programs, teacher training, and trips to Brookhaven