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Not so good at running a school

October 15, 2013 pm31 1:10 pm

200 schools in New York City report that their principal is not “an effective manager who makes the school run smoothly.”

At the bottom of the pile:  Hamilton Heights School, an elementary school in District 6, uptown;  Foundations Academy, a high school in District 14, Brooklyn; and Bushwick Ascend Charter School. In these three schools, not a single teacher reported that their principal was competent.

This number includes charters, and is out of approximately 1800 public schools and charter schools in NYC. They are based on the Learning Environment Surveys – which are worth very little, but in this case, with teachers nervous about school closings, and nervous about whether the surveys are fully anonymous (I think they are), seem credible.  The flip, all positive answers from a school, is iffier – as the principal could have watched teachers fill the surverys out. But the norm is mostly positive responses. So such a large number negative on any one question raises questions.

It’s worth noting, Bushwick Ascend has two sister schools, Brownsville Ascend and Brooklyn Ascend, both lower middle of the pack. There would seem to be a story with Bushwick Ascend. Foundations Academy brought in a new principal three years ago, and while teachers thought the old guy was competent (and trusted him), the new guy got the benefit of the doubt, with half trusting him his first year. And none trusted him last year.

Bushwick Ascend and Foundations are also at the top of the “Principal does not communicate with us” list.

It is worth pointing out that as iffy as the flip might be – it is there. Most teachers in most schools reported that their principal is competent. In almost 1100 schools there is nothing in the competence part of the survey that would raise an eyebrow. In 238 schools every single teacher agreed or strongly agreed that their principal is an effective manager. And in fourteen schools every single teacher strongly agreed.

The school’s whose principals got perfect ratings from their teachers are:

2 M Union Sq Acad for Health Sciences HS
5 M Teachers College Community School ECC
30 Q Academy for New Americans MS
8 X Bronx Academy High School HST
84 M Harbor Sci & Arts Charter School ES/MS
18 K Kurt Hahn Expdtnry Learning School HS
2 M PS 527 East Side Sch / Social Action ECC
9 X Young Women’s Leadership Sch Bx MS
18 K South Shore Ed Complex Yabc YABC
21 K Abraham Lincoln Yabc YABC
28 Q PS 354 ECC
31 R P.S. 026 The Carteret School ES
4 M Global Technology Preparatory MS
84 M Dem Prep Endurance Charter School MS

The other 200  schools where the teachers reported their principals are incompetent are scattered across the city – all levels, almost all districts. Only District 16 in Brooklyn and District 26 in Queens have none.

That list follows. (I will post the ENTIRE list, including all the schools where the principal was rated well, in a separate post, to be linked here).

(Note, I created a “score” by weighting the responses A, B, C, D and converting to a number. I’ve used 0 – 100.)

D B School Name 1g. The principal at my school is an effective manager who makes the school run smoothly.
Type Percent Negative Score    (100 best,  0 worst)
6 M Hamilton Hts Sch ES 100%  5
14 K Foundations Acad HS 100%  6
84 K Bushwick Ascend Charter Sch ECC 100%  17
15 K Sec Sch for Journalism MS/HS 95%  10
3 M Urb Assembly School for Green Careers HS 94%  8
21 K Bklyn Studio Sec Sch MS/HS 89%  21
24 Q PS 110 ECC 89%  33
12 X P.S. 044 David C. Farragut ES 88%  25
28 Q Young Women’s Leadership Sch, Qns MS/HS 87%  20
3 M STEM Inst of Manhattan ES 86%  24
13 K The Urban Assembly Unison Sch MS 84%  34
12 X P.S. 102 Joseph O. Loretan ES 84%  34
7 X Young Leaders ES ES 82%  29
9 X P.S. 132 Garret A. Morgan ES 80%  23
30 Q P.S. 151 Mary D. Carter ES 79%  20
4 M River East Elementary ES 79%  34
1 M Marta Valle HS HS 78%  23
10 X P.S. 091 Bx ES 78%  26
23 K P.S. 150 Christopher ES 78%  30
30 Q P.S. 127 Aerospace Sci Magne ES/MS 77%  25
13 K Freedom Acad HS HS 77%  29
7 X Mott Haven Village Prep HS HS 77%  33
12 X Entrada Acad MS 77%  36
25 Q P.S. 165 Edith K. Bergtraum ES 76%  27
4 M Central Park East I ES 76%  28
15 K Bklyn Sch for Global Studies MS/HS 76%  29
19 K World Acad for Total Cmmty Health HS HS 76%  30
2 M Manhattan Village Acad HS 76%  32
3 M M.S. 256 Academic & Athletic Excellence MS 75%  29
75 K P.S. K141 D75 74%  26
84 M Broome Street Acad Charter Sch HS 74%  36
4 M J.H.S. 013 Jackie Robinson MS 74%  37
29 Q Math, Sci Research and Tech Magnet HS HS 73%  30
17 K P.S. 181 Bklyn ES/MS 73%  31
25 Q PS 242 Leonard P. Stavisky Early Chldhd Sch ECC 72%  29
1 M New Explorations into Sci, Tech and Math HS ES/MS/HS 72%  32
2 M P.S. 001 Alfred E. Smith ES 72%  33
29 Q P.S. 038 Rosedale ES 72%  33
6 M P.S. 192 Jacob H. Schiff ES 72%  34
8 X Antonia Pantoja Prep Acad: A College Bd Sch MS/HS 71%  26
2 M HS of Graphic Communication Arts HS 71%  31
25 Q P.S. 029 Qns ES 71%  34
2 M Urban Assembly Acad of Govt and Law, The HS 71%  35
5 M Acad for Social Action: A College Bd Sch MS/HS 70%  33
10 X I.S. 254 MS 70%  33
3 M P.S. 087 William Sherman ES 70%  33
84 M Harlem Village Acad HS HS 70%  34
19 K Essence Sch MS 70%  43
19 K P.S. 213 New Lots ES 69%  31
31 R P.S. 030 Westerleigh ES 69%  37
10 X P.S. 095 Sheila Mencher ES/MS 68%  31
9 X P.S. 163 Arthur A. Schomburg ES 68%  31
32 K P.S. 145 Andrew Jackson ES 68%  38
10 X P.S. / I.S. 54 ES 68%  39
2 M P.S. 198 Isador E. Ida Straus ES 68%  39
17 K Paul Robeson HS HS 67%  28
84 K Urban Dove Charter Sch HST 67%  33
18 K P.S. 279 Herman Schreiber ES 67%  35
19 K P.S. 149 Danny Kaye ES 67%  35
27 Q Frederick Douglass Acad VI HS HS 67%  36
32 K Evergreen MS for Urban Exploration MS 66%  33
32 K Bushwick Community HS HST 65%  36
2 M THE HS FOR Lang AND DIPLOMACY HS 65%  38
15 K Sch for Intl Studies MS/HS 65%  38
5 M P.S. 175 Henry H Garnet ES 65%  38
11 X MS 142 John Philip Sousa MS 65%  40
31 R P.S. 036 J. C. Drumgoole ES 64%  34
8 X J.H.S. 123 James M. Kieran MS 64%  35
3 M PS 166 Richard Rodgers Sch  The Arts & Tech ES 64%  36
10 X P.S. 024 Spuyten Duyvil ES 64%  43
5 M KAPPA IV MS 63%  34
17 K P.S. 022 ES 63%  34
75 K P.S. K140 D75 63%  34
27 Q P.S. 215 Lucretia Mott ES 63%  36
75 M P.S. M079 – Horan Sch D75 63%  37
8 X Archimedes Acad for Math, Sci and Tech Apps MS/HS 63%  39
29 Q Qns Prep Acad HS 63%  39
9 X Leadership Inst HS 63%  42
13 K Sci Skills Ctr HS for Sci, Tech & Creative Arts HS 63%  43
31 R P.S. 016 John J. Driscoll ES 62%  37
22 K P.S. 361 East Flatbush Early Childhood Sch ECC 62%  37
19 K P.S. 328 Phyllis Wheatley ES/MS 62%  38
13 K P.S. 282 Park Slope ES/MS 62%  41
10 X Thomas C. Giordano MS 45 MS 62%  42
29 Q P.S./I.S. 295 ES/MS 62%  42
13 K MS 596 Peace Acad MS 62%  47
7 X P.S. / I.S. 224 MS 62%  50
22 K P.S. 052 Sheepshead Bay ES 61%  36
6 M P.S. 173 ES 61%  39
32 K P.S. 151 Lyndon B. Johnson ES 61%  43
22 K P.S. 139 Alexine A. Fenty ES 60%  43
9 X SHERIDAN Acad FOR YOUNG LEADERS ES 60%  45
9 X THE FAMILY Sch ES 60%  46
84 X Academic Leadership Charter Sch ES 60%  47
84 Q Acad of the City Charter Sch ECC 60%  51
28 Q J.H.S. 008 Richard S. Grossley MS 59%  43
75 X P.S. X012 Lewis and Clark Sch D75 59%  46
7 X Samuel Gompers CTE HS HS 59%  46
10 X John F. Kennedy HS HS 58%  41
30 Q William Cullen Bryant HS HS 58%  43
29 Q P.S. 035 Nathaniel Woodhull ES 58%  43
3 M P.S. 165 Robert E. Simon ES/MS 58%  44
2 M The 47 Amer Sign Lang & English Lower Sch ES/MS 58%  45
10 X HS for Teaching and the Professions HS 58%  45
18 K Urban Action Acad HS 57%  36
84 K Imagine Me Leadership Charter Sch ECC 57%  38
24 Q P.S. 071 Forest ES 57%  39
2 M N.Y.C. Museum Sch HS 57%  41
1 M P.S. 134 Henrietta Szold ES 57%  42
14 K Frances Perkins Acad HS 57%  43
10 X J.H.S. 080 The Mosholu Parkway MS 57%  44
8 X Gateway Sch for Envmentl Research & Tech HS 57%  48
11 X P.S. 068 Bx ES 56%  42
4 M P.S. 007 Samuel Stern ES/MS 56%  44
10 X P.S. 9 Ryer Avenue ES ES 56%  45
84 K Fahari Acad Charter Sch MS 55%  40
2 M Art and Design HS HS 55%  41
6 M M.S. 326 – Writers Today & Leaders Tomorrow MS 55%  43
27 Q P.S. 045 Clarence Witherspoon ES 55%  46
27 Q P.S. 197 The Ocean Sch ES 54%  40
4 M P.S. 146 Ann M. Short ES 54%  41
10 X Grace Dodge CTE HS HS 54%  43
2 M Quest to Learn MS/HS 54%  44
10 X P.S. 306 ES 54%  45
20 K P.S. 205 Clarion ES 54%  45
2 M Murry Bergtraum HS for Business Careers HS 54%  46
3 M P.S. 242 – The Young Diplomats Magnet Acad ES 54%  46
1 M P.S. 137 John L. Bernstein ES 54%  56
25 Q PS/MS 200 – The Pomonok Sch & STAR Acad ES/MS 53%  42
11 X The Bxwood Prep Acad HS 53%  43
27 Q M.S. 053 Brian Piccolo MS 53%  45
21 K I.S. 281 Joseph B Cavallaro MS 53%  46
28 Q P.S. 139 Rego Park ES 53%  47
10 X Fordham HS for the Arts HS 53%  47
6 M I.S. 218 Salome Urena MS 53%  48
31 R P.S. 74 FUTURE LEADERS ES ECC 53%  49
84 K Invictus Prep Charter Sch MS 53%  50
11 X P.S. 111 Seton Falls ES 52%  41
22 K P.S. 236 Mill Basin ES 52%  44
3 M P.S. 333 Manhattan Sch for Children ES/MS 52%  45
25 Q P.S. 201 Discovery Sch for Inquiry & Resrch ES 52%  46
8 X Women’s Acad of Excellence HS 52%  47
24 Q P.S. 088 Seneca ES 52%  47
12 X P.S. 195 ES 52%  48
24 Q I.S. 73 – The Frank Sansivieri IS MS 52%  48
6 M The Mott Hall Sch MS 52%  49
84 X Hyde Leadership Charter Sch ES/MS/HS 52%  50
13 K UA Inst of Math & Sci for Young Women MS/HS 51%  38
30 Q Newcomers HS HS 51%  41
84 K New Dawn Charter HS HS 51%  46
27 Q J.H.S. 226 Virgil I. Grissom MS 51%  47
28 Q P.S. 082 Hammond ES 51%  48
9 X P.S. 199X – The Shakespeare Sch ES 51%  49
5 M P.S. 200- The James Mccune Smith Sch ES 51%  51
10 X Marie Curie Sch for Med, Nrsng and Hlth Profs HS 51%  54
31 R P.S. 6 Corporal Allan F. Kivlehan Sch ES 51%  54
28 Q P.S. 080 Thurgood Marshall Magnet ES 50%  43
11 X P.S. 108 Philip J. Abinanti ES 50%  44
18 K HS for Innovation in Advertising and Media HS 50%  45
14 K Sch for Legal Studies HS 50%  46
1 M P.S. 184m Shuang Wen ES/MS 50%  47
29 Q Bus, Computer Apps & Entrepreneurship HS HS 50%  48
32 K Bushwick Leaders HS for Academic Excellence HS 50%  48
75 K P.S. K077 D75 50%  49
5 M Choir Acad of Harlem MS/HS 50%  51
16 K P.S. 028 The Warren Prep Acad ES 50%  52
8 X Sch for Tourism and Hospitality HS 50%  55
9 X HS for Violin and Dance HS 50%  56
2 M Liberty HS Acad for Newcomers HST 50%  58
3 M P.S. 191 Amsterdam ES/MS 49%  46
19 K P.S. 306 Ethan Allen ES/MS 49%  47
21 K I.S. 303 Herbert S. Eisenberg MS 49%  48
24 Q P.S. 58 – Sch of Heroes ES 49%  48
10 X P.S. 085 Great Expectations ES 49%  50
24 Q Pan American Intl HS HS 48%  41
4 M P.S. 38 Roberto Clemente ES 48%  44
25 Q P.S. 120 Qns ES 48%  45
24 Q P.S. 007 Louis F. Simeone ECC 48%  47
4 M P.S. 050 Vito Marcantonio ES/MS 48%  48
6 M P.S. 325 ES 48%  49
14 K P.S. 250 George H. Lindsay ES 48%  50
2 M Business of Sports Sch HS 48%  50
17 K MS for the Arts MS 47%  46
12 X P.S. 212 ES/MS 47%  46
29 Q Community Voices MS MS 47%  46
9 X P.S. 064 Pura Belpre ES 47%  47
2 M P.S. 111 Adolph S. Ochs ES/MS 47%  48
17 K Intl HS at Prospect Hts HS 47%  48
1 M Collab Acad of Sci, Tech, & Lang-Arts Educn MS 47%  49
13 K P.S. 067 Charles A. Dorsey ES 47%  49
31 R P.S. 041 New Dorp ES 46%  49
1 M Sch for Global Leaders MS 46%  49
6 M Harbor Hts MS 45%  43
30 Q I.S. 230 MS 45%  48
29 Q PS/IS 268 ES/MS 45%  48
14 K P.S. 017 Henry D. Woodworth ES 45%  50
84 K Excellence Boys Charter Sch ES/MS 45%  50
10 X In-Tech Acad (M.S. / HS 368) MS/HS 44%  49
15 K P.S. 124 Silas B. Dutcher ES 43%  45
15 K P.S. 038 The Pacific ES 43%  49
27 Q P.S. 043 ES/MS 43%  50
12 X Performance Conservatory HS HS 42%  45
9 X P.S. 126 Dr Marjorie H Dunbar ES 42%  49
13 K P.S. 270 Johann DeKalb ES 42%  50
1 M The STAR Acad – P.S.63 ES 41%  49
28 Q Qns Gateway to Health Scis Sec Sch MS/HS 40%  49
2 M P.S./I.S. 217 Roosevelt Island ES/MS 40%  49
6 M P.S. 152 Dyckman Valley ES 40%  50
5 M I.S. 195 Roberto Clemente MS 40%  50
1 M P.S. 110 Florence Nightingale ES 39%  50
2 M Baruch College Campus HS HS 38%  50
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