Tuesday, September 16, 2008

PS / IS 217 Earns a "C" Grade from DOE

The NYC Deprtament of Education for 2007-2008 has graded the local Roosevelt Island elementary school PS / IS 217 with a "C". Last year the school was awarded an overall grade of a "B". Last year was the first year of the DOE's blunt grade system. This year's evaluation is considered by the DOE "well developed" where last year's evaluation was considered "undeveloped" indicating perhaps that the "B" awarded last year was not conclusive.

Per the report 24% of the City's K-8 schools fall into this grading. As noted above the breakout of this grade is as follows: B for School Environment; C for Student Performance, and a C for Student Progress. The full report for PS 217 can be found HERE.
Enrollment from year to year has been basically consistent from 462 last year to 454 this year per the DOE.

The NY Times has an articles regardin g the overall NYC reports issued of which PS 217 is part of.


  1. I think it is safe to say that everyone needs to take ANYTHING issues by the corporate wonks at the NYC DOE, controlled by Mayor Control Freak, with a big grain of salt. While the Mayor and Chancellor would try to trick us into believe that their version of their data is correct, we must remember that the emphasis on TESTING and not actual teaching and learning is hurting our kids across the city. I know that PS/IS 217 is struggling at times, the staff and parents owe it to their students and children to make sure the kids are getting high-quality, meaningful educational services on a daily basis.

  2. What a shame. When I went there in the 70s it was one of the top public schools in the city.