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The top and bottom 15 elementary schools by test scores

When test scores are released, individual schools often get lost in the big picture. To pull some out of the heap, I’ve created a way to look at each school’s results in a broad stroke: For every school in the city, I averaged the percentage of students who scored proficient across all the tested grade levels.

The following lists rank the highest- and lowest-scoring elementary schools in the city overall. It includes no charter schools and no screened schools. I did include schools with gifted and talented programs; they are denoted with a * next to their name.

Middle schools will come tomorrow. (And Kim Gittleson has done a similar analysis of charter schools; check it out.)

UPDATE: Three of these lists have been revised to add four schools missing from our lists due to an Excel error. The four added schools are:

  • PS/IS 116 Wiliam C. Hughley, with 23.6% average proficiency on math, should have been on the math low-scoring list.
  • P.S. 172 Beacon School of Excellence, with 99.6% average proficiency on math, should have been on the math high-scoring list.
  • P.S. 172 Beacon School of Excellence, with 95.1% average proficiency on reading, should have been on that high-scoring list.
  • P.S. 158 Bayard Taylor, with 90.5% average proficiency on reading, should have been on that high-scoring list.

Schools that would have been bumped off the lists because of these additions have been kept on.

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