NYC DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
I.S. 195 Has Struggled for Years
The overwhelming majority of I.S. 195 students remain below grade level in English Language Arts and math.
During the 2009-2010 school year, only 13% of students were performing on grade level in English and only17% were on grade level in math
putting I.S. 195 in the bottom 10% of all middle schools in New York City
In 2008-2009, performance in English and math was in the bottom quarter of middle schools in New York City.
With so few students performing at grade level, I.S. 195 students must make substantial progress to get back on track.Unfortunately, I.S. 195 ranks in bottom 5% of all middle schools citywide in terms of growth in English and in thebottom 8% of middle schools citywide in terms of growth in math. If such poor performance continues, I.S. 195students will fall even further behind their peers in other schools.
I.S. 195 earned an overall D grade last year on its Progress Report, with D grades on the Student Performance, StudentProgress, and School Environment sub-sections. This represents a decline from o
verall B grades on the school’s
previous two Progress Reports.
I.S. 195 was rated Proficient on its most recent Quality Review in 2009-2010. During Quality Reviews, experiencededucators spend several days visiting the school, observing classrooms and talking with staff, students, and parents.Schools are rated on a four-point,
with “Well Developed” as the highest rating.
Proficient represents a two out of four.
The school’s attendance rate
is persistently low.
The attendance rate last year was 88%, well below the citywideaverage of 92% for middle schools
. In fact, this attendance rate places I.S. 195 in the bottom 10% of middle schoolscitywide.
Safety issues have been a concern at the school.
On the 2009-2010 School Survey, more than one in threestudents
reported feeling unsafe in the hallways, bathrooms, and locker rooms at I.S. 195.
In addition,74% of teachers reported that discipline and order are not maintained at the school.
Demand for the School is Declining, Suggesting Families are Seeking Better Options
Between 2006-2007 and 2009-2010, the number of students enrolled at I.S. 195 fell by 350 students.
Despite Our Best Efforts, Performance at I.S. 195 Remains Low
We recognize that I.S. 195 staff members have worked hard to improve the school, but the school has not turned around.
To help the school’s efforts to improve performance
, the DOE has offered numerous supports to I.S.195 including:
Extensive leadership training and mentoring for the principal and assistant principals to help them set cleargoals for the school
, develop the school’s Comprehensive Education Plan and Language Allocation Plan
, andcreate strategies to increase student achievement.
Fostering opportunities for administrators to connect with colleagues in other schools to observe successfulpractices
Providing clarity to school leaders on
the results of the school’s Quality Review.
Teacher training on how to analyze student data and use it to make instructional decisions.
Support for teacher teams in using data analyses to improve instruction for targeted student populations such asEnglish language learners, special education students, and students performing below grade level.
The revision and customization of
science, math, and ELA curriculum to better meet
and the development of a legal studies curriculum with one of the school’s enrichment partners, Latham and
Monthly meetings with data specialists to help school staff collect and analyze data.